Racial discrimination at work
The Equality Act 2010 says that you cannot be discriminated against because of your race, nationality, ethnic origin or colour. If you believe that you are being treated unfairly due to your race in the workplace, talk to one of our specialist racial discrimination solicitors today.
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What is race discrimination?
Under the terms of , its unlawful for an employer to discriminate against any employee on the basis of their race, nationality, ethnic origin or colour. This discrimination can take many forms: from employers refusing highly qualified individuals an interview because of their racial origins or nationality, to colleagues making racial comments to you, about you, or even simply within your earshot in the workplace.
Sadly, while behaviour like this is completely unacceptable, it does still happen in some workplaces. If you believe you've been subject to race discrimination in your employment - either while you were at work or during the recruitment process - speak to one of our sympathetic and experienced employment discrimination solicitors today.
What sorts of race discrimination are there?
There are four forms of discrimination under the Equality Act 2010 that race discrimination in the workplace falls into:
• Direct discrimination: This is where you're treated less favourably than someone of a different race is treated or might be treated. This might happen during the recruitment process when you're discriminated against and don't even get an interview because of a foreign-sounding name on your application form, perhaps because an employer thinks that you might not fit in with the existing workforce.
• Indirect discrimination: This can happen due to rules that affect all workers but would in effect rule out members of certain ethnic groups, such as if beards were forbidden, unless there's a genuine business requirement for this certain rule.
• Victimisation: This is where you're subjected to negative treatment because you've made a complaint in the workplace about any form of race discrimination such as racial comments, attitudes or stereotypes relating to your ethnicity or nationality or have supported someone else who has complained about this kind of behaviour.
• Harassment: This is where you've suffered unwanted conduct related to race which has the purpose or effect or violating your dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment.
If you believe you've been discriminated against based on race, nationality, ethnic origin or colour, we're here to help. Speak to one of our experienced race discrimination solicitors today.
What can I do about race discrimination?
If you've been subjected to race discrimination at work, or during the recruitment process, you need to act quickly. You only have three months, minus one day, from the date of the last discriminatory act to start a claim at an employment tribunal.
Before you can do this, you will first need to send details of your claim to the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS). They will establish whether your employer will agree to 'early conciliation', which takes up to a month, and is added onto the three-month period if necessary. Where ACAS conciliation fails, we're here to help you to make a race discrimination claim at an employment tribunal.
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