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Over half of Londoner’s don’t know their legal rights at work

by LLB Reporter
6th Nov 19 7:09 am

Today legal services provider, LegalShield UK, is highlighting the knowledge gap around legal rights in the workplace. Although still concerning in London, the capital is remarkably more savvy than the nation at large; the percentage of London residents who lack knowledge of their legal rights at work is 20% lower than the national average (80%).

Throughout their lifetime, many Brits will experience a legal issue at work. This could be anything from not being paid for overtime, harassment and discrimination, to wrongful termination, or even posting something unacceptable on social media. Very few people have a clear understanding of when these issues actually become a legal matter, which is what largely prevents them from seeking professional help in a timely manner.

How does London compare to other major cities?

Ranking City Percentage of residents that lack knowledge of legal rights at work
1 Plymouth 96%
2 Bristol 92%
3 Manchester 87%
4 Cardiff 86%
5 Liverpool 86%
6 Newcastle 82%
7 Edinburgh 81%
8 Birmingham 79%
9 Leeds 75%
10 London 60%

Mike Roberts, Managing Director at LegalShield UK said, “It’s certainly difficult to predict when legal issues will occur in the workplace, but it’s clear from our research that many of us will encounter a problem that requires legal support throughout our careers. The knowledge gap we’ve uncovered can sometimes lead to seemingly small situations escalating. If employees aren’t empowered to know when and how to take action, a simple issue that could be solved easily could snowball into causing enormous worry and stress.

“Employers should look to support employees when it comes to legal rights, both raising awareness of rights within the workplace and more broadly foster a positive, inclusive workplace culture.”

For further advice and support on legal issues at work go to: https://legaldefence.co.uk

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