The Race Relations Act 1976 protects individuals in Liverpool from racial discrimination on the grounds of colour, race, ethnicity, nationality and national origin. The legislation applies throughout England, Wales and Scotland. Similar legislation applies to Northern Ireland. In addition to employees, the legislation also covers contract workers, the self-employed and job applicants. All of these individuals are protected from racial discrimination, harassment and victimisation in employment matters. The Race Relations Act 1976 covers recruitment including refusals, offers of employment and the terms on which the employment is offered, all issues related to promotions including training, benefits, facility access and transfer and dismissal, which includes refusal to renew a fixed-term contract. Our race discrimination solicitors offer advice at no cost and with no futher obligation. Our solicitors use the no win no fee scheme and you pay no legal charges unless you succeed in obtaining compensation. Legal costs are a fixed percentage of the amount of the compensation award and are agreed between you and your solicitor before action commences in the Liverpool Employment Tribunal.

Offensive Behaviour

The offending party's intent or lack thereof is irrelevant. That is, it does not matter whether or not the action being complained of was committed with intent to cause offence. If the employee who was subjected to the behaviour finds it offensive and feels harmed, then it still potentially constitutes racial discrimination. Typical racial discrimination comprises a series of offensive actions rather than one incident. However, if one isolated incident is exceptionally unpleasant, then there may be strong enough grounds for a solicitor to take action in the Liverpool Employment Tribunal under the Race Relations Act 1976.

Direct or Indirect

Racial discrimination can be either direct or indirect. Direct racial discrimination arises when an individual is treated less favourably than others because of their race. Indirect racial discrimination occurs when a requirement imposed by the employer disadvantages a larger proportion of one racial group than another. For example, if an employer created a rule that the majority of a given racial group cannot comply with but other racial groups can, the employer has committed racial discrimination unless he can show that the rule is justifiable regardless of race.

Racial Victimisation

Racial victimisation transpires when an employee is effectively being punished for participating in a legal action related to violations of the Race Relations Act 1976. A person is a victim of racial victimisation if he is being treated less favourably than others around him because he has indicated intent to bring a claim under the legislation. Racial victimisation also occurs when the unfavourable treatment stems from an individual's providing evidence in a racial discrimination case or making allegations that a violation of the Act has taken place.

Compensation Claim Awards

Compensation for racial discrimination is awarded by the Employment Tribunal (ET) in Liverpool. In cases where the behavior is deemed exceptionally offensive, the ET has the discretion to award aggravated damages. Unlike many other types of employment disputes, there is no statutory limitation on the amount of compensation an employee can be awarded in discrimination cases.


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