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Discrimination by public authorities

We believe passionately in the right of every individual to go about their daily life free of discrimination in whatever form it may take.

If you have been the victim of discrimination, we can help you to obtain justice by whatever route may be available; this may include ensuring that criminal proceedings are brought against those responsible and/or pursuing a civil claim for damages and/or pursuing a complaint for disciplinary proceedings.

Article 14 of the European Convention of Human Rights makes it unlawful to discriminate on any grounds such as sex, race, colour, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, association with a national minority, property, birth or other status.

The Equality Act 2010 protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society and provides a legal framework to advance equality of opportunity for all. The Act consolidates previous legislation surrounding discrimination relation to equal pay, sex, race relations, disability, sexual orientation, age, religion or belief.

Our work in this area primarily relates to discrimination suffered at the hands of the state, such as in policing, immigration, and/or prison custody. Despite these rights being enshrined in law, unfortunately too many people still suffer discriminatory treatment by individuals acting on behalf of the state. The only way to enact change is by challenging this unlawful treatment wherever it arises.

Our solicitors can assist in confronting discriminatory treatment by bringing complaints against police officers or persons in other positions of authority for breach of their professional duties and ensuring that they are subject to disciplinary proceedings, obtaining compensation for breach of the Human Rights Act and/or Equality Act, and/or raising concerns relating to discriminatory treatment to ensure that the wrong suffered is put right and does not happen again.

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