Editor's message: The equality legislation protects workers from race discrimination at all stages of employment, including after the employment relationship has ended if the prohibited conduct arises out of and is closely connected to that relationship.
However, it is clear that more needs to be done to ensure equality and diversity in the workplace. A series of reviews into race and disparity have found that racial inequality is prevalent in all areas of society, including the employment field.
The global Black Lives Matter protests against racial inequality have brought the issue of racial inequality to the top of the news agenda. In the wake of these protests, the Prime Minister has pledged to establish a cross-governmental commission to look at "all aspects of inequality – in employment, in health outcomes, in academic and all other walks of life".
With this ongoing push to tackle race disparity, it is important that organisations check that they have implemented, and continue to promote, clear and robust diversity policies and practices that cover every stage of the employment cycle.
Fiona Cuming, senior employment law editor
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