Date: 29th February 2024
Location: Wigan Investment Centre, Waterside Drive, Wigan, WN3 5BA
Time: 8:30am - 10:30am
Theme: Business Strategy
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In today's ever-evolving business landscape, understanding the intricacies of discrimination and its legal implications is paramount. Many people still only think about discrimination in the workplace; however, this seminar will explain how organisations undertaking public functions, service providers, private clubs and associations as well as employers can face claims of discrimination from members of the public and other stakeholders.
A business facing a claim from a member of the public involves addressing grievances, disputes, or legal issues arising from interactions between the business and individuals outside the organisation. Discrimination claims have the potential to significantly impact a company's reputation, finances, and overall success. To address this critical concern, we invite you to attend our presentation on ‘Navigating Discrimination Claims in Business - Mitigating Risks and Ensuring Compliance.’
- Understanding Discrimination:
- Defining discrimination and recognising its various forms.
- Exploring real-world examples of discrimination claims bought against businesses.
- Parties Involved:
- Identifying who can bring discrimination claims against a business.
- Unpacking the roles of employees, customers, clients, and contractors in potential claims.
- Business Responsibilities:
- Clarifying a business's legal and ethical obligations in preventing discrimination.
- Discussing how to foster an inclusive and respectful work environment.
- Handling Claims:
- Outlining the steps to take if your business receives a discrimination claim.
- Understanding the legal processes involved in addressing such claims.
- Prevention Strategies:
- Proactively implementing policies and practices to minimise the risk of discrimination claims.
- Providing training for employees and management on recognising and addressing discrimination.
Failure to comprehend what steps you need to take to prevent a discrimination claim from within your business can lead to consequences including:
- Reputation Damage:
- Discrimination claims can tarnish your company's reputation, leading to negative public perception and potential loss of customers and business partners.
- Legal Ramifications:
- Ignorance of discrimination laws can result in costly legal battles, fines, and settlements, depleting valuable resources that could be invested elsewhere.
- Employee Morale and Turnover:
- A work environment plagued by discrimination can erode employee morale, leading to decreased productivity and increased turnover rates.
- Financial Impact:
- Discrimination claims can drain financial resources, impacting profitability and hindering growth opportunities.
Join us at this presentation to gain actionable insights that will empower your business to foster an inclusive culture, prevent discrimination claims, and safeguard its reputation and bottom line.
Bio of Deliverer:
Maria Chadwick is a Partner at Stephensons and manages the civil and employment discrimination team.
Maria is a member of the Discrimination Law Association and the Employment Lawyers Association.
Areas of specialism:
Claims under the Equality Act 2010
Engaging in pre-action correspondence and negotiations
Advising and representing claimants on a wide range of employment and civil matters
Dealing with both civil and employment litigation and dispute resolution
This event is open to any Greater Manchester business
Where is it?
Wigan Investment Centre, Waterside Drive, Wigan, WN3 5BA