Press Release: 80% of Brits don’t know their legal rights
- Over a third (34% I) of people have experienced a legal employment issue over the course of their career
- Almost half (46%) of Britons that have experienced an issue at work haven’t sought professional legal advice
- High earners are 78% more likely to consult legal experts than low earners
Four in five Brits (80%) lack knowledge when it comes to their legal rights at work, according to research by LegalShield, the legal services provider.
The news comes as National Work Life Week begins, an initiative aimed at promoting well being at work across the UK. The new research highlights the widespread lack of knowledge and understanding when it comes to legal rights in the workplace. Millions of Brits - over a third of people questioned (34%) - had experienced an issue at work over the course of their career and nearly half (46%) didn’t to seek professional legal advice.
Many of us will experience an issue at work at some point – this could include anything from not being paid for overtime properly and harassment and discrimination, to wrongful termination, or even posting something on social media. Some might be inclined to complain to management but very few people have a clear understanding of when these issues at work actually become a legal matter.
LegalShield’s study also unveils a ‘justice gap’ when it comes to accessing legal assistance for employment issues. With only 36% of those earning up to £20,000 seeking professional legal support for workplace issues, compared to 64% of those earning £60,000 and above per annum.
Mike Roberts, Managing Director at LegalShield, commented: “It’s certainly difficult to predict when legal issues will arise 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 cause situations to become much more serious. If employees aren’t empowered to know when and how to take action, a simple issue can cause enormous worry and stress.
“Employers should look to assist their employees when it comes to legal rights, both raising awareness of employee rights and helping to foster positive, inclusive workplace cultures.”
For further advice and support on legal issues at work go to: https://legalshield.co.uk
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Notes to Editors:
iAll data, unless otherwise specified, is taken from a survey of 2,000 full-time and part-time employed adults conducted by research agency One Poll between 26/09/2019-30/09/2019
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