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Racial discrimination was the first kind of discrimination to be outlawed in this country. The original statute of 1965 is now incorporated into the Race Relations Act (RRA) 1976. The Equality Act 2010 refers to race as one of the protected characteristics and means that an employer cannot discriminate against you because of your race.

The Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 states that no person should have to tolerate being discriminated against or harassed because of their:

  • Race
  • Colour
  • Nationality
  • Ethnic origin

The Act made certain types of treatment unlawful and was designed to protect everyone from being treated less favourably than others as a direct result of their race. It doesn’t matter who you work for, or the size of the business – the Equality Act still applies.

The Act requires employers to meet general specific duties defined by the law, including:

  • Promotion of racial equality
  • Promotion of equal opportunity
  • Prevention of unlawful discrimination

What to do if you experience race discrimination at work

If you feel that you are being discriminated against on the grounds of your race by your employer then you can make a claim to an employment tribunal.

There are different ways of discriminating against a person due to their race and indeed an employer may also be liable for the discriminatory act of an employee, carried out in the course of employment, whether or not those actions were done with the employer’s knowledge or approval.

If the tribunal finds that discrimination has taken place then you may be awarded damages, including damages for loss of earnings and/or injury to your feelings. In addition, a tribunal can make a declaration regarding the rights of the complainant and that the discrimination should cease.

If you have experienced race discrimination in the workplace, contact us for an initial discussion regarding your case, or to make an appointment with a specialist employment law solicitor. Call us on 0333 322 1000 or 0800 987 8156.ase.

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