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What is race discrimination?
Race discrimination occurs where a person treats another person less favourably on grounds of that individual’s race, national or ethnic origins or colour.
The Race Relations Act 1976 is the main piece of legislation that deal with claim for race discrimination. It refers to different types of discrimination, which are detailed as follows:
In a race discrimination claim the less favourable treatment is obviously on racial grounds and the test is whether, but for the individual's racial original, ethnic origin, nationality, national origin or colour, he/she would not have been subject to that treatment.
Indirect discrimination will occur if a condition or requirement is imposed which has a disproportionate impact on a particular racial group so that a considerably smaller proportion of members of that group can comply than those outside it, and it cannot be objectively justified on some basis other than colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origins. It is necessary for the individual to show that they cannot comply with the condition or requirement and that it is to their detriment.
- If an employer identifies that a particular racial group has not been properly represented within certain work areas, he may try to encourage individuals of that group to apply by providing training or through an advertising campaign. The employer must be able to show that in the previous 12 months there have been either no individuals of a racial group, or only a small proportion of them carrying out the particular work in question. If this exception does not apply then the positive action will be discriminatory
- For some jobs belonging to a certain racial group is a requirement. The number of jobs where a person's race is a genuine occupational qualification is not as high as that concerning a person's sex.