Racial discrimination in the workplace is unlawful. ‘Race’ under the Equality Act 2010 includes colour, nationality, ethnic origin and national origin. It includes discrimination because of your race, or the race of someone with whom you associate.
In practice the categories of race discrimination often overlap. For example, discrimination on the grounds of colour may really be about ethnic origin too.
There is also often an overlap with other protected characteristics including religion: Sikhs and Jews are ethnic groups. So too are Romany Gypsies and Irish travellers. On the other hand, Rastafarianism and Islam are religions (see Religious discrimination).
‘Combined’ discrimination is where someone is discriminated against because of a combination of protected characteristics. For example race and sex: A black woman may suffer harassment that her white female nor black male colleague experiences.
However, claims can only be brought as several single strands of discrimination.
We understand the complexities of race discrimination claims and can help you pursue your rights.
We will always try to negotiate the best possible settlement for you. Very few cases go to a full hearing, because we are experienced in resolving them as early as possible.