We advise on discrimination people face at work, whether due to sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, pregnancy, religious belief or race. Many people are reluctant to believe that they are targets of discrimination, but it remains surprisingly widespread. We work hard and creatively to seek the best outcome, whether through negotiation, in court or a combination.
What is discrimination?
Discrimination as the law defines it is unfair or unequal treatment of a person because they possess certain “protected characteristics”. Depending on where you live, these can include age, sex, race, religious belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership and gender reassignment.
The Equality Act – England & WalesRead more
You are protected under the Equality Act 2010 from being discriminated against on the grounds of a protected characteristic. This applies whether you are an employee, self-employed, working through an agency, a company director, a partner of a firm or on secondment.
Title VII – United StatesRead more
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is a federal law prohibiting discrimination against employees and applicants. If you think you may have suffered discrimination at work, prompt legal advice is a good idea.
Atkinson et al. v. Mount Sinai – Equity in healthcare
McAllister Olivarius proudly represents eight current and former employees of Mount Sinai Health System’s Arnhold Institute for Global Health in a federal complaint alleging sex, age and race discrimination.
Warwick Joint Claims – the “rape chat”
Our clients were female undergraduate students at Warwick University targeted by a male “rape chat”. We brought a claim against the University on the grounds that its handling of their complaint was discriminatory on the basis of sex.
Protections for LGBTQ Workers Won’t Work Unless Enforced (Newsweek)
Dr Ann Olivarius’ op-ed in Newsweek sets out the changes to the Civil Rights Act that would enable LGBTQ employees and other victims to better hold employers accountable for wrongdoing.