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Employee Race Discrimination Advice

Martin Searle Solicitors Fiona Martin Employment Lawyer

Making Sense of the Law on race discrimination for employees

Race discrimination law as it applies in the workplace is contained in the Equality Act 2010. If you have suffered discrimination of race in the workplace, you should bring your case to a specialist race discrimination lawyer.

Types of race discrimination

Direct race discrimination

Direct race discrimination is where a person is treated less favourably on the grounds of their race, colour, nationality, or ethnic or national origin. This need not be the person’s own race, for instance it is direct race discrimination where someone is treated less favourably because of their partner’s race. The test of less favourable treatment is comparative and the comparator may be a specific or hypothetical individual.

Indirect race discrimination

Indirect race discrimination at work where a provision, criterion or practice is applied to everyone, but a racial group is put at a particular disadvantage compared to other people. To succeed a claimant needs to demonstrate disadvantage as a result of the provision or its application. A race discrimination claim can be defended if it can be objectively justified. This is where it can be demonstrated to be a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim.


Harassment or unwanted conduct that violates a person’s dignity or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment. The harassment need not be because of the person’s own race for it to be unlawful.


Victimisation where someone is treated detrimentally because they have made or intend to make a complaint or allegation of race discrimination at work. Also where they give or intend to give evidence in relation to a complaint.

How we help employees challenge race discrimination at work

Our race discrimination lawyers have experience in successfully bringing race discrimination claims. We help employees as well as job applicants and agency workers who have been discriminated against. We also offer advice on redundancy and Settlement Agreements in relation to race discrimination at work. If we cannot resolve your case to your satisfaction, we can represent you at an Employment Tribunal.

Examples of race discrimination claims

Read one of our Race Discrimination case studies of how our Employment Lawyers helped a client in Eastbourne win their claim for race discrimination at an Employment Tribunal.

To find out more contact us today on 01273 609911, or email info@ms-solicitors.co.uk.

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