Avon and Bristol Law Centre offers new discrimination service
A FREE legal advice centre has launched a new service for victims of discrimination.
The Avon and Bristol Law Centre on Stokes Croft has been awarded funding to provide a one-stop service to help people in Bristol.
The centre, which provides a free legal advice and advocacy service for unemployed and low paid people, has been awarded the funding by the council.
Law Centre solicitor Will Stone welcomed the new funding stream which he says will educate about and tackle forms of discrimination.
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He said: “We are committed to tackling all forms of discrimination.
“Through challenging discrimination we hope to educate Bristol’s employers and service providers about how to adopt practical measures to avoid discrimination.
“At a time when other local authorities are cutting back on their funding for advice services we congratulate Bristol City Council on having the foresight to fund this new service. We will be working with the Council to build up a picture of discrimination in Bristol.”
A spokesperson at the Centre added that advisors recently secured £21,897.40 in compensation for 38-year-old Xuemei Niu, from Southmead, for sex discrimination and unfair dismissal.
An employment tribunal awarded Ms Niu the money in 2009 but her former employers, Olympia Education Services, refused to pay up.
The Law centre stepped in and compensation was secured in January of this year.
Gus Hoyt, cabinet member for environment, communities and equalities at Bristol City Council, said: “When economic times are challenging, the most vulnerable people in our communities are often the worst affected.
"By grant funding Avon & Bristol Law Centre's Tackling Discrimination Service, not only will victims of discrimination receive the advice and support they need, but we will gain a better understanding of discrimination in the city so that we can work with our partners to improve access to goods, services and employment for all.”
The Law Centre’s specialist discrimination solicitors can be contacted by emailing email@example.com or phoning 0117 916 7704.