Everyone has the right to be treated fairly at work and to be free of race discrimination. This is regardless of whether you are a full- or part-time employee, in a temporary job, or if you are a freelance or agency worker, even if you’re unemployed (and are discriminated against when applying for a job).
According to a recent report, there are higher rates of unemployment and lower pay amongst almost every ethnic minority group compared to their White peers.
In the Equality Act 2010 ‘race’ can mean your colour, your nationality (including your citizenship). It can mean your ethnic or national origins, which may be different. In this article, when we say ‘race’ we are referring to all of these things. For example, an Asian person may have Indian national origins from their mother’s country of birth, identify as Black like their father, be living in Britain with a British passport (giving British nationality) and consider themselves to have Sikh ethnicity.
Race discrimination is when you are treated differently or badly because of one of these reasons. The treatment could be a one-off incident or as a result of a rule or policy based on race. It doesn’t have to be intentional to be unlawful. Some race discrimination examples are set out below, taken from our experience as employment solicitors in Solihull.