Often racism is glaringly obvious, sometimes it's more subtle and harder to call out. The fact that you've looked up this article is a good sign that you're addressing it. Here's how UK law defines racism at work:

All employees should be treated fairly in the workplace. The law protects you from being discriminated against at work on the basis of your race - which includes the colour of your skin, your nationality, or your ethnic or national origin.

Racial discrimination can take many different forms. 


Racist behaviour might include:

  • being shouted at;
  • being called racist names;
  • racial 'jokes' and ‘banter’, including offensive text messages, or social media messages;
  • being denied certain benefits;
  • being overlooked for promotion and/or training; or
  • being bullied.


Employers have a responsibility to investigate and respond to any race discrimination or race hate issue they become aware of. They also have an obligation to take all reasonable measures to protect employees from harassment - for example, if a customer abuses an employee over the shop counter because of their accent or the colour of their skin.


Here are some examples from Organise members of racism they've spotted at work:

"U.K. schools are incredible riddled with racism still. I’ve been in 5 over the past 12 years. It’s not always directed at me, but I see and hear it a lot. The system is bigger than individuals it’s painful" - Teacher in Glasgow

"Just seriously fed up. My friend had a profiling incident happen at another branch whilst talking to staff there as knew them and this was a day after Boots apparently did Black Out Tuesday. The irony and hypocrisy. I've reported it but yet to hear anything back!" - Boots customer assistant



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