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Racial Discrimination

Racial discrimination unfortunately does happen in the workplace, but there is no reason why it should be tolerated. Under the Equality Act 2010 it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against an employee or a job seeker because of race, colour, nationality or ethnic and national origins.

There are four main types of racial discrimination: direct, indirect, victimisation and harassment.

Direct discrimination:

Direct discrimination is treating someone less favourably because of their actual or perceived race or because they associate with someone of a certain race.

Indirect discrimination:

This can happen where there is a company policy, practice or procedure which applies to all members of staff, however it particularly disadvantages people of a certain race. For example if the company’s policy was that staff could not wear headgear then this would discriminate against Sikh men who wear turbans or Jewish men who wear yarmulke, in accordance with their racial group. Employment tribunals must consider cases such as this on a basis which involves a balance of competing interests and the need to justify a policy which appears to discriminate.


A person harasses another on the grounds of race or ethnic or national origins when they engage in unwanted conduct with the purpose of violating the others dignity or by creating an intimidating or hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment.


This is when you are treated less favourably than others after you have complained about racial discrimination or if you have supported someone who has complained of racial discrimination.

Have you ever fell victim to racial discrimination whilst in the workplace or when applying for a job? Whether you have been discriminated against indirectly or directly or if you have been harassed or victimised because of race, colour, nationality or ethnic and national origins and feel something needs to be done then why not talk to EAD solicitors.

At EAD our dedicated and highly experienced employment law solicitors have a proven track record of successfully representing clients in race discrimination cases and can help you resolve the situation. No matter how complex your case, we will give you practical advice and help to ensure that your interests are protected. This includes acting on a no-win-no-fee basis.

Employment Tribunals can award compensation for discrimination, including for injury to feelings. Tribunal applications usually need to be lodged within three months of discriminatory act, so you must always act promptly.

If you believe you have been the victim of racial discrimination in the workplace then we can help, contact us today on 0151 735 1000.



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