We all deserve respect and fair treatment at work, whatever our race, nationality or ethnic background. But too many people from Black and minority ethnic (BME) communities continue to face racism at work.

It’s against the law for an employer to treat you worse than your co-workers because of your race. They shouldn’t indirectly discriminate either, by having requirements that are harder for you to meet than for members of another racial group.

And you should never face harassment or bullying because of your race.

If you feel you’re experiencing race discrimination, you can take action to enforce your rights.

Very often, the best way to solve problems is to join with co-workers – preferably through a union – and try to reach agreement with your employers on how to make the workplace fairer for everyone. 

Are you a rep? You can find more practical advice on a range of workplace issues in our support for reps section

Common
questions
How am I protected against racial discrimination?
Under the Equality Act 2010 it is unlawful for employers to treat workers less favourably than others on account of their race, colour, nationality and/or ethnic origin.
I believe I have been refused promotion because of my race. Is this legal?
It is unlawful to refuse to promote you on the grounds of your race.
Is it racial discrimination for my employer to insist I produce papers to prove I have the right to work in the UK?
No. It's a criminal offence for your employer to employ someone who doesn’t have the right to work in the UK and there are stiff fines and penalties for employers found to be employing illegal workers.