Discrimination is unacceptable in any workplace and in the military it goes unpunished too often. News stories in recent years have shed light on the prejudice faced by many within our armed forces and tackling such intolerance must be a priority for the MoD. However, if you have been the victim of discrimination within the Army, RAF or Navy, you need not suffer in silence, and you may be entitled to claim compensation.
When it comes to military law, the process of making such a claim can be a bit more complicated. While the Military is an equal opportunities employer and largely bound by the same anti-discrimination rules as anyone else, there are other issues to consider when making a complaint of discrimination in the military.
Military Sex and Race Discrimination
Despite the MoD’s status as an ‘equal opportunities employer’, there have been a series of high-profile court cases relating to racism, or sex discrimination within the UK military. If you have been a victim of such injustice, you could be entitled to claim compensation.
Military Disability Discrimination and Ageism
Unfortunately, discrimination relating to age or disability does not entitle serving or retired Army, Navy or RAF personnel to bring compensation claims.
Employment compensation claims in the armed forces
Military discrimination compensation claims require special procedures and the normal rules of employment law do not necessarily apply. For instance, Service Redress Complaints must be filed in order to bring a claim against the MoD but have no place in civilian employment law. It is therefore essential that armed forces personnel seek advice from specialist solicitors with experience tackling military employment claims.
Military Law experts
We are members of Forces Law, a nationwide organisation of just 18 specialist military law firms – we have the expertise needed to help you with your claim.
How to make your military discrimination claim
Wherever you live or are posted , if you have been the victim of military discrimination, contact our specialists. If you are local to our offices in Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset, you can come in to see us.
Our 5 strong family law team is hugely experienced, providing legal advice to clients throughout Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset and nationwide from our 4 offices in Salisbury, Andover, Amesbury and Fordingbridge.
Alternatively, wherever you are based, we can run your claim by phone, email and Skype video/Face Time.
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As part of our commitment to support the Armed Forces Community, we have signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant – which is a promise that those who serve or have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.