General Article What is race discrimination?

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Under the Race Relations Act, it is unlawful for a person to discriminate on racial grounds against another person. The Act defines racial grounds as including race, colour, nationality or ethnic or national origins.

To bring a case under the Race Relations Act, you have to show you have been discriminated against in one or more ways that are unlawful under the Act.


Your protection under the Race Relations Act 1976

The Race Relations Act protects you from racial discrimination in most, but not all, situations. You will therefore have to show that the discrimination you have suffered comes within the areas covered by the Act.

On 2 April 2001, amendments to the Race Relations Act came into force which covers public authorities that had previously been exempt. This means that around 45,000 public authorities in the UK are now required to meet the general duty to promote race equality. A few public authorities are exempt, such as the Security Service.

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