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 & Wales

    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.

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  • Title VII – United States

    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.

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Title IX case against UCLA, client confidential

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Sandeep Mander, Mander v. Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead

We really thought that there was nothing that anybody could do for us. We were wrong.

Dr Celeste Kidd, Aslin et al v. University of Rochester et al

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AOA client, confidential

Compared with other law firms I’ve worked with, no one matches the combination that McO has of experience, brilliance, ferocious fighting and deep empathy for their clients.

Dr Holly Atkinson, Atkinson et al v. Mount Sinai Health System, Inc. et al

Because my case could not bear public scrutiny, a very powerful institution used massive financial resources to try to crush me for asking for my disability rights. This was a huge mistake, as they didn’t know that I would obtain McO representation. I couldn’t ask for better representation.

Disability Rights client, confidential

I would like to say from bottom of my heart, thank you. Thank you to all the team. Now I can go and forget my former employer. God bless you all.

Unfair Dismissal client, confidential