Race discrimination

Race is a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010, which bans direct and indirect race discrimination, victimisation and harassment. However, employers can justify indirect race discrimination to achieve a legitimate aim through proportionate means.

Under the Equality Act 2010, “race” means colour, nationality or ethnic or national origins. Although caste is not specifically covered in the Equality Act's definition of race, case law shows that it is possible for an employee to bring a claim for race discrimination on the basis of caste (Chandok and another v Tirkey).


Appeal tribunal rules in favour of hotel waiters over employment rights

Three hotel staff who were dismissed shortly after their contracts of employment began have successfully argued that they should have...

Raheem Sterling case: What actions can employers take for incidents outside work?

17 Dec 2018

Chelsea supporter Colin Wing recently lost his job in connection to alleged racist abuse he made against Manchester City player...

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University of London protest

Largest university in UK hit by boycott over outsourced staff

10 Dec 2018

Academics, students and leading politicians have launched a boycott of the University of London in support of outsourced workers

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Facebook has a ‘black people problem’ says former employee

28 Nov 2018

A former Facebook employee has accused the company of having a “black people problem” and suggested raising issues with HR...

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NHS manager awarded £1 million pay-out for unfair dismissal

23 Nov 2018

An IT manager at an NHS trust has been awarded £1m in compensation by an employment tribunal after he was...

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Woman who was spied on by employer wins race discrimination case

5 Nov 2018

A woman who was spied on by her employer and denied the opportunity to progress in her career because she...

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Ryanair racism row: Are employers liable if they fail to prevent harassment?

31 Oct 2018

A recent incident on a Ryanair flight where a man was filmed having a racist rant at another passenger attracted...

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Ethnicity pay gap reporting: What employers need to know

26 Oct 2018

Earlier this month the government published a consultation into whether organisations should be required to report on the pay differentials...

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Government to examine use of NDAs in employment disputes

25 Oct 2018

Theresa May has said the government will bring forward a planned consultation on the use of non-disclosure agreements in employment...

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“Fat ginger pikey” and Yoda comments were not harassment, finds EAT

24 Oct 2018

A salesman who was called a “fat ginger pikey” by work colleagues has lost his claim for disability discrimination and...

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Women subjected to ‘predatory’ behaviour by MPs

15 Oct 2018

Women working at the House of Commons were subjected to “predatory” contact and treated like “personal servants” by MPs, an...

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‘Caste’ not a protected characteristic: implications for employers

3 Sep 2018

The government recently issued its response to a consultation on whether...

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10 ways of improving employee inclusion at your organisation

25 Jul 2018

Inclusion is essential for high performance but too many organisations only pay it lip service, writes Lee Russell of learning...

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Uber’s head of HR Liane Hornsey resigns after discrimination probe

11 Jul 2018

Uber’s chief people officer has resigned following an investigation into how she handled allegations of racial discrimination at the firm....

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Can we be bothered? How racism persists in the workplace

23 Mar 2018

While great progress has been made with tackling racism in recent decades, Professor Binna Kandola argues that it lives on...

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