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).


Woman who was spied on by employer wins race discrimination case

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

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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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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