Racial Discrimination Claims
The Race Relations Act 1976 and Equality Act 2010 cover this thorny area of the law, rendering it unlawful for employers to treat employees and prospective employees less favourably on racial grounds because of the employee’s colour or race or ethnic or national origins. It also includes treatment by employers to employees requiring them to, for example, wear particular clothing which may present more difficulties to one racial group than another. The legislation also protects employees from racial harassment and victimisation when an employee makes a complaint in relation to racial discrimination.
Each case turns on its facts and often employers will settle any potential claims before reaching a Tribunal not least due to the negative publicity that may result due to such a claim. These claims continue to be heard before the Tribunals and can lead to the employee being awarded substantial compensation standing that there is no financial limit on the amount that may be claimed.