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Race Equality in the UK

This page covers

- the legacy of Race Equality Legislation and Policy in the UK;
- it’s impact on organisations and individuals; and
- provide you with some useful resources that will help you to understand how the legislation works in practice, understand your legal duties and consider any practical changes that you may be required to make to ensure that you are able to demonstrate that you are meeting those duties.

Race discrimination

The Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful to discriminate against employees, job seekers and trainees because of race - this includes the different elements of colour, nationality, and ethnic or national origin.

For example, this would include turning down the best applicant for a job because they are Nigerian and the employer feels they would not 'fit in' with the rest of the staff because they are all English.

There are four main types of race discrimination:

  • Direct,
  • Indirect,
  • Harassment, and
  • Victimisation.

The useful ACAS guides below offer employers, senior managers, line managers, HR personnel, employees and employee / trade union representatives an insight into how race discrimination can occur in the workplace, how it can be dealt with and how to reduce the chance of future discrimination.


Page updated: 24/09/2021 Page updated by: Gloucestershire County Council

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