Race Discrimination in the Workplace is when you are treated unfairly because of your race or the race of someone in close association with you. Your race is a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010 and it is therefore illegal for employers to treat individuals unfairly under Race Discrimination Law. The most common scenarios are as follows:
- Employment terms and conditions;
- Promotion and transfer opportunities;
- Pay and benefits;
- Redundancy; and
Race Discrimination can be either direct or indirect. Direct Discrimination is when the individuals are treated unfairly. Indirect Discrimination is when policies or rules are set in place which caters to particular races, excluding or unfairly treating a particular race. Certain types of indirect discrimination are permissible. For example, if an International company is looking to hire someone with Chinese as there first language and has a genuinely good reason for this because it is essential to the role of which they are hiring, then this will not be regarded as Race Discrimination. However, if the firm were looking for an individual with English as the first language and refused all Uganda and Trinidad applicants, then there may be a claim.
If you feel you are being discriminated against then it is important to firstly speak with your employer and make them aware of how you feel. If there are no significant steps taken to rectify the situation, then you should make a formal grievance letter. If no significant action is taken, then you should consider making a claim to the Tribunal or Courts system.
At Bloomsbury Law, we understand this can be a disheartening process. Our experts will listen to your situation and offer you their expert advice. We look forward to helping you resolve your discrimination matter as efficiently as possible.
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