Employees in England are protected by law from certain types of discrimination at work, including discrimination that is based on age, disability, gender, race or sexual orientation. When employment discrimination occurs, the employer is responsible if a supervisor or another employee is the offender, unless the employer can demonstrate that everything within reason was done to prevent or stop the discrimination. To avoid this, there are some measures that employers can take.
Employers that provide employment benefits must provide them to all workers and not discriminate between types of protected classes. They should also make reasonable adjustments to the work environment for disabled workers. Furthermore, employers need to ensure that no employees are fired for being union members, having a protected characteristic, or accusing the employer, a manager or a co-worker of discriminating. They cannot act favorably toward family members who are employees either.