In a UK first, Valla, the online legal platform that helps workers resolve employment issues by representing themselves, has launched new training to help people become ‘first responders’ when they see or hear about racism, sexism or other discrimination at work.
Valla co-founders Danae Shell and Kate Ho decided to set up Discrimination First Aider training after conducting hundreds of interviews for their DIY legal platform and realising that people often don’t fight workplace discrimination because they don’t have anyone to turn to in the critical first few days after an incident.
Danae Shell said: “I know from experience what it feels like to hear about shocking behaviour at work and not know how to help. We’ve created this training for everyone who has ever seen something go wrong at work and has felt helpless to stop it.”
Discrimination First Aider training, covering the basics of equality law, how to spot issues as they arise and how to support someone going through workplace discrimination, costs £39 for individuals and £99 for businesses.
Valla, which launched its first self representation kit in February 2022, meets growing demand for affordable legal services by simplifying legal paperwork and allowing people to collect evidence, generate forms and send letters themselves without paying for a law firm. When they need legal advice, people can share their case with a lawyer on Valla’s platform at a fraction of the usual price.