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).


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

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

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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Barbara Judge

Senior Institute of Directors staff resign after discrimination allegations

12 Mar 2018

The head of one of the UK’s longest-established business groups has defended the investigation of racism, bullying and sexism allegations...

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Discrimination costs the UK £127bn a year, claims study

26 Feb 2018

Discriminatory pay practices costs the UK economy £127bn in lost output every year, according to diversity and inclusion champion INvolve...

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Salesman loses racial discrimination claim following “fat pikey” comment

11 Jan 2018

A technology salesman who said he was called a “fat ginger pikey” and “Gimli” by his managers has lost a...

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Google faces class action claim over white male discrimination

9 Jan 2018

Two former Google employees have accused the company of discriminating against white conservative men in a class action claim.

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How can organisations support better progression for BAME employees?

13 Dec 2017

The CIPD recently revealed that a third of black employees thought discrimination was getting in the way of their career...

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A third of black employees feel discrimination blocks progress

4 Dec 2017

Almost a third of black employees believe their careers have been hampered by discrimination, according to new research from the...

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Ethnicity facts and figures must be “explained or changed”

10 Oct 2017

Theresa May will challenge society to “explain or change” disparities in how people from different ethnic backgrounds are treated, as...

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Lammy review: Criminal records could be ‘sealed’ from employers

8 Sep 2017

Individuals’ criminal records could be sealed from employers as part of a series of recommendations made in an independent review...

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Gender pay gaps and parental leave

Pay gaps need to tackle ethnicity and disability as well as gender, urges EHRC

15 Aug 2017

All jobs should be advertised as available for flexible working and fathers should receive ‘use it or lose it’ parental...

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Queen’s speech 2017: Brexit dominates legislative programme

21 Jun 2017

The Queen has outlined the minority Government’s legislative programme for the next two years, concentrating on eight separate Brexit-related bills....

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Ethnicity pay gap reporting: how would it work?

26 May 2017

Both the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats have pledged to introduce ethnicity pay gap reporting if they come to power...

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Social media misconduct: dismissal harsh but fair

17 May 2017

An employment tribunal has held that the dismissal of a long-serving employee over derogatory comments she made on Facebook about...

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How to deal with uncertainty around employing EU nationals

19 Apr 2017

Organisations employing EU nationals in the UK must tread carefully on the path to Brexit or face discrimination claims or...

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