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Race discrimination: People may discriminate on racial grounds against those of their own racial group

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    Graham v London Borough of Barnet EAT/221/99 (1 other report)

    • Same race discrimination

      Date:
      1 December 2000

      The EAT in Graham v London Borough of Barnet has held that although it cannot be assumed that individuals of the same racial group will not discriminate against each other on racial grounds, the fact that the alleged discriminator and the person discriminated against are of the same racial group can be taken into account.

While it cannot be assumed that two individuals of the same racial group will not discriminate against each other on racial grounds, the sameness is a factor that an employment tribunal may properly take into account in determining whether or not there has in fact been discrimination on racial grounds, holds the EAT in Graham v London Borough of Barnet 23.5.00 EAT 221/99. The weight to be attached to a similarity of, or difference in, race as between the alleged perpetrator and alleged victim is essentially a matter of fact best left to the tribunal, which hears all the evidence and sees the witnesses.