Racial Discrimination

Racial Discrimination is covered by Race Relations Act 1976. This includes the areas of employment, education, dealing with authorities (e.g the Police), trying to buy or find somewhere to live and when buying or using goods or services.

Discrimination occurs when a person is treated less favourably than another person in the same or similiar situation based on the grounds of race, colour, nationality or national or ethnic origin. Discrimination can be direct or indirect.

Direct discrimination is when different rules are applied to individuals because of their race.

Indirect discrimination occurs when the rules apply equality to everyone but some racial groups cannot comply and are disadvantaged as a result. There are two definitions of indirect discrimination which depend on whether the disadvantage is based on colour or nationality or whether it is based on race or national or ethnic origin.

If you have been the victim of discrimination think about what you would like done.
Try to sort the issue out directly with the person or organisation concerned.
Follow the prescribed grievance or complaints procedures.
If you are not satisfied with the outcome or explanation it may be possible to pursue your complaint further through Employment Tribunal or County Court processes. Be aware there are time limits for submitting claims.