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It is possible for an employer to discriminate both directly and indirectly on the grounds of race. Employers are vicariously liable for the actions of their employees and so any claim you may have could be against your employer and the individual who has acted in a discriminatory way.
Discrimination on the grounds of race under the Race Relations Act can take many forms including:
- the recruitment stage not being handled fairly and objectively
- other staff making inappropriate comments or what others think is harmless banter or joking but you find offensive
- your employer failing to follow a proper procedure during the employment which they are unable to justify
- name calling and deliberately excluding you because of your race
- not being promoted despite being the best candidate or not receiving pay rises
The amount of compensation which a tribunal can award is unlimited. In addition you might find that the conduct amounts to harassment and if you become ill you might be able to bring a claim for personal injury
Although we are always alive to the possibility of settling ‘out of court’ if the other side are not prepared to negotiate sensibly and reasonably then we will take your claim to an employment tribunal.