Discrimination & Hate Crime: FREE specialist legal advice
Norfolk Community Law Service (NCLS) knows from its work that discrimination is a blight on our society. Unchecked it destroys people’s lives.
The Equality Act protects people from discrimination, harassment and victimisation. The Act covers people based on ‘protected characteristics’ These are age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex; sexual orientation. People are protected from discrimination in employment and in access to goods and services. The Equality and Human Rights Commission have some good resources on their website.
Maybe not all of us can understand how hard it is for people to come forward. Just as it is estimated that around 80% of all hate crimes go unreported the same is likely to be true of discrimination. Fear of reprisal, of not being believed, feeling oppressed, depressed, worn down , along with arduous complaints and grievance processes are just some of the reasons people stay silent.
Norfolk Community Law Service provides FREE specialist legal advice services in discrimination and in employment.
Discrimination casework (provided for them by their expert colleagues at Suffolk Law Centre) is usually legally very complicated. In many cases the discrimination is subtle - but not always. This service is continuing via telephone/Skype/Zoom during the current Coronavirus pandemic.
They encourage you to make contact with them if you are experiencing discrimination, or if you know of someone who is. They work with some of those made most vulnerable by society and will do their utmost to ensure barriers to access to their services are removed. This includes experience in working with interpreters and signers.
Or you can
Telephone : 01603 496623
Mobile/Whats App 07900 153753
If you are representing an organisation then you can refer people remotely, securely and quickly using the NCAN Referral System.
There is a clear link between discrimination and a Hate Crime. Norfolk Police have an excellent protocol on their website, explaining their role and responsibilities and how to report a Hate Crime.