Business in The Community, a charity that tackles issues facing society by promoting responsible business, has just released the race at work report. The report examines the under-representation of BAME (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic) people in management positions in the workplace.
The race at work report listened to 24,457 UK workers and had 18,381 respondents to their open survey. It includes recommendations for employers and the UK Government based on Business in The Community’s findings.
One of the main findings from the report is that although British people with a BAME background are more likely to enjoy their work they are less likely to be rated as top performers than their white colleagues.
The report also revealed that despite one in eight of us coming from a BAME background only one in 16 of the top management positions are held by someone from an ethnic minority. In fact, BAME people are under-represented at every level of management in the workplace, despite displaying greater ambition by saying it is important to progress at work in the survey. The report highlighted the lack of career role models at work for black employees and a feeling of not being supported or valued by managers was keenly felt by BAME workers.
Being treated unfairly at work based on your race, ethnicity or colour is unlawful under The Equality Act 2010. You could have a claim for race discrimination if you have been overlooked for promotion or treated less favourably at work because of your national origins. Sadly, the report revealed how prevalent racial harassment and bullying is in the workplace today, with 30 per cent of employees witnessing or experiencing it over the past year.
Sarah Evans, employment lawyer at Slater and Gordon, said: “The results of the survey make interesting if disappointing reading. Race discrimination claims are amongst the hardest to prove, and the survey results show a real and continuing need to address such injustices in the work place.
“Discrimination of any kind is dangerous and corrosive and it is dispiriting to read that things are not as they could or should be. Individuals go to work to earn a living and contribute: it shouldn’t be this hard. We should all insist on equal treatment, and individuals shouldn’t be afraid to challenge when an employer falls short of that basic standard.”
If you have experienced race discrimination at work call the employment solicitors at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK on freephone 0800 916 9060 or contact us online. We can provide you with immediate representation anywhere in the UK.
If you are unsure whether or not you have a race discrimination claim fill out our online discrimination enquiry form. It is free and confidential.