Discrimination against you due to your race can happen anywhere in the workplace, looking for work, or during a recruitment process, meaning you could be entitled to compensation under a racial discrimination claim.
If you believe you have been a victim of discrimination in the workplace due to your race, contact Powell Eddison racial discrimination lawyers today for a free initial consultation on making a racial discrimination claim.
Contact our racial discrimination lawyers by calling our Harrogate law firm on 01423 564551 or Leeds law firm on 0113 200 7480. We are ready to speak to you confidentially about any potential claims.
What is racial discrimination?
Under the Equality Act 2010, it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against employees because of their race.
Racial discrimination covers both genders and is when you’re treated unfairly because of one of the following things:
Examples of racial discrimination
The Equality Act 2010 states that when making a racial discrimination claim you have to have experienced racial discrimination in one or more of four forms.
Direct discrimination is broken down into three key different sorts of discrimination, through treating someone 'less favourably' because of:
their actual race (direct discrimination)
their perceived race (direct discrimination by perception)
the race of someone with whom they associate (direct discrimination by association).
Indirect discrimination can occur where there is company policy, practice, procedure or rule which applies to all workers but causes a particular disadvantage to people of a particular race. For example, there may be a requirement for all job applicants to have GCSE Maths and English. This would discriminate against potential candidates educated in other countries which don't have GCSEs, unless the employer accepted equivalent qualifications.
In a few limited circumstances, indirect discrimination may be justified in law if it is necessary for the business to work. However, employers should note this can be a difficult process to prove.
Harassment claims can be made when unwanted conduct, related to race, is received. This may have the intention or effect of violating a person's dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that person.
Victimisation can be claimed when you treat an employee unfairly because they’ve made a complaint about racial discrimination, or they’re supporting a colleague who has made a complaint against a company.
Whether they are employed, seeking a new job and therefore engaging in a recruitment process both male and female workers can be and are discriminated against on the basis of their colour, nationality, ethnic origin or national origin.
Your rights under discrimination law
Employees are often unaware of their rights under discrimination law and therefore don’t know what to do or who to turn to if they’re being discriminated against.
If you feel you are being discriminated against due to your race, it’s important to take all the correct steps in order to strengthen your negotiating position when it comes to claiming compensation or a settlement exit package. If you’re being discriminated against at work you should:
tell your manager - put it in writing and keep a dated copy of the letter or email
talk to your HR team or trade union - they’ll be able to give you advice
collect evidence - keep a diary recording all of the times you’ve been discriminated against
raise a formal 'grievance' (complaint) if the discrimination doesn't stop. All employers must have a grievance process - ask your manager or HR team for more information on this
You could make a claim at an employment tribunal if you can't solve your problem using the grievance procedure.
Our specialist lawyers for racism at work work in employment law cases with experience in racial discrimination claims and can help you with your discrimination claim.
How to get a settlement agreement after experiencing racial discrimination at work
If you feel that you may have been discriminated against due to your nationality, ethnicity or colour, you may be able to make a claim to an employment tribunal. It's best to talk to your employer first to try to sort out the matter informally, in order to minimise the negative effects on all parties involved.
However, if a claim is to be made, our specialist team of racial discrimination lawyers represent clients who have suffered discrimination in a variety of aspects of their lives. We have past experience in successfully securing compensation for clients who have suffered discrimination at the hands of many organisations.
Contact Our Racial Discrimination Solicitors in Leeds & Harrogate
If you feel you have been the subject of racial discrimination, treated less favourably due to your race at work and are thinking of making a compensation claim. Our employment law solicitors regularly represent clients in discrimination claims locally to our offices. We offer a NO-WIN-NO-FEE on ALL employment claims for Claimants.
For specialist advice, contact our lawyers for racism in our Harrogate or Leeds offices today for a specialist, no-obligation FREE phone advice.