Race discrimination, illegal in the UK since 1976, arises when someone is unfairly disadvantaged for reasons related to their race which, in the Equality Act 2010, includes colour, nationality and ethnic or national origins. 

This factsheet gives an overview of the different types of discrimination, with examples. It highlights the need for employers to act and suggests good employment practices to ensure everyone has fair access and opportunity to progress in work, regardless of racial or ethnic background.

Explore our viewpoint on race inclusion in the workplace in more detail, along with actions for government and recommendations for employers.

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