8 things to know about BAME rights when starting work
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Racism in the workplace is never ok – but with recent research suggesting that black, Asian and ethnic minority workers are a third more likely than white workers to be underemployed, it's clear that things aren't quite as fair as they should be in 2016. Here are eight things you need to know about BAME rights in the workplace. What is the law on workplace equality? The Equality Act 2010 states that if you are treated less favourably than another employee because of your race, colour, nationality or ethnic origins, it is racial discrimination and you have grounds for a claim. This is the law, and it's there to protect you. What counts as 'discrimination'? Racial discrimination is when you are denied opportunities or treated unfairly because of your race, in relation to a colleague whose circumstances are like yours. For example, a co-worker is given a promotion ahead of you because they are of a race which your manager perceives to be more favourable than your own, despite you both being relatively similar in terms of your performance. What about harassment? Harassment in any form is also classed as discrimination – this includes any behaviour which could be deemed intimidating or hostile, again based on the grounds of your race.
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