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Race discrimination

Equality legislation protects individuals from being discriminated against on the basis of their race. On this page you can find articles, books and online resources providing information, legislation and guidance.

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Case law: Employer unlawfully discriminated against white, straight, male job candidate

01-04-2019

Employers must ensure their recruitment policies do not systemically favour job candidates with protected characteristics, such as a particular gender, sexual orientation, race or disability. However, they can operate a 'positive action plan' provided the relevant candidates are genuinely as well qualified as other candidates to do the job - or risk a discrimination claim.

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Online articles

The Library provides access to leading business, finance and management journals. These journals are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

Business 'needs a wake up call on race'

The article discusses a survey done by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development on the careers of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) employees in Great Britain which found that minority employees face challenges in the workplace based on race and ethnicity. Topics include mentorship, race discrimination, and diversity in the workplace

Handling Brexit harassment

The article discusses the need of employers in Great Britain to be aware of the risks of race-related harassment at work and take action to prevent risks. It states the need of any employers to address potential issues quickly and effectively to create a working environment were employees feel included and supported. It mentions that businesses should not ignore possible offensive comments

Bringing bias into the light

The article discusses biases in the workplace and several tips on how to prevent prejudices, stereotypes, and biases from influencing the employee hiring decisions of human resources personnel in America. The Implicit Association Test (IAT) for uncovering hidden biases about race, gender, and age is mentioned.

Useful links

Legislation

Equality Act 2010
Full text of the Act as enacted and revised, with explanatory notes. The Act includes provisions that ban race discrimination against adults in the provision of services and public functions. The ban came into force on 1 October 2012.

Employment Act 2008
Full text of the Act as enacted and revised, with explanatory notes.

Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006
Full text of the Statutory Instrument 2006/1031 as enacted and revised, with explanatory notes.

This is not an exhaustive list of legislation relating to equality. The ICAEW Library holds numerous print publications on discrimination law and also subscribes to electronic databases with the complete text of UK legislation. For information on accessing these resources, please contact the Library.

Guidance

Equality Act 2010: Guidance
Information on the equalities legislation including guidance on race discrimination.

Race discrimination
Acas resources on race discrimination. Covers the four main types of race discrimination.

New Equality Act guidance (EHRC)
Guidance and good practice from the Equality and Human Rights Commission, including information for employers and providers of services.

Race in the workplace: the McGregor-Smith Review
An independent review published in 2017 considering the issues affecting black and minority ethnic (BME) groups in the workplace.

Race at Work Report
A survey of 24,457 individuals on their attitudes and experiences regarding race in the workplace, published in 2015. A follow-up analysis was published in 2016.

Articles and books in the Library collection

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