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Race discrimination

Updating author: Tina McKevitt

Summary

  • Race is a "protected characteristic" under the Equality Act 2010. (See Definition of race)
  • As well as being liable for its own actions, there are circumstances in which an employer will be liable for the acts of others. (See Who is liable?)
  • The Equality Act 2010 prohibits direct discrimination, indirect discrimination, victimisation and harassment. (See Prohibited conduct)
  • Direct discrimination is where, because of the protected characteristic of race, a person treats another person less favourably than that person treats or would treat other persons. (See Direct discrimination)
  • Indirect discrimination occurs where a "provision, criterion or practice" puts persons of the same racial group at a "particular disadvantage". Under the Equality Act 2010, it is possible for employers to justify indirect discrimination. (See Indirect discrimination and Justification)
  • Harassment is unwanted conduct related to the protected characteristic of race that has the purpose or effect of violating his or her dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that individual. (See Harassment)
  • Victimisation occurs when a person is subjected to a detriment because he or she did a protected act. (See Victimisation)
  • There are some exceptions from unlawful race discrimination. (See Occupational requirements and Other exceptions)

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