Race is one of the protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010. The figures below suggest that many employers are still not doing enough to combat race discrimination in the workplace.
Very few employers will intentionally discriminate on the grounds of someone's race and therefore may not see this as an issue for them; however, employers are also responsible for their employees' actions. It's important that employers implement equality and diversity policies and regularly provide equality and diversity training to all members of staff, particularly on issues such as unconscious bias to ensure that either they can prevent discrimination occurring in the first place, or they have a defence to discrimination claims should an issue arise.
today a survey of over 24,000 people found that for them, racial bullying is on the rise. Of employees in the UK who have witnessed or experienced racial harassment in the workplace firsthand, 30% say they experienced it in the last year alone. It’s a pretty comprehensive survey – the biggest ever of its kind – but if further evidence were needed, it chimes with other recent research which has made similar findings.