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A recent report released by City Mental Health Alliance UK in partnership with Lloyds Banking Group and YouGov, has found that a significant number of employees from all minority ethnic backgrounds have experienced racism in the workplace.

The report found that 45% of Black employees, 26% of East Asian employees, 23% of South Asian employees and 24% of Mixed Race employees have experienced racism at work. This report also found that of those employees who have experienced racism at work, “65% Black, 59% Asian and 48% of Mixed Race people… reported it negatively impacted their mental health and wellbeing to a very large, large or moderate extent.”

This report follows a public opinion survey conducted by YouGov in January 2021 which found that 36% of adults feel that people from ethnic minority backgrounds in the UK face discrimination in the workplace to a greater extent than white people.

If you believe that you have been treated unfavourably by your employer due to your race, or you believe that your employer has subjected you to unwanted conduct in relation to your race, and this has the effect of violating your dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment, then you may have a claim of race discrimination against your employer.

In those circumstances, it is crucial to remember that there are strict time limits to bring claims of this nature. The limitation period in Employment Tribunal cases is three months less one day of the incident of alleged discrimination having occurred.

If you feel that you may have been subjected to race discrimination at work and need further advice regarding this matter, please contact our specialist solicitors in the discrimination law department on 0161 696 6170.

By Jackson Long, employment and discrimination law advisor