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In a recent study done by business psychologists Pearn Kambola, they found that 69% of black people had experienced some form of racial discrimination in the workplace, followed by Asian people at 53%.

Here are a couple of example scenarios where employees have endured racism in the workplace:

Scenario 1

A black woman working in Starbucks was racially discriminated against when her colleague asked her to “make the coffee a little more n*****.”

This colleague was reported to have spoken quite maliciously, with greater emphasis on the final word.

Scenario 2

A Chinese man reported sitting in a corporate meeting where his design project was being unveiled. He recalled that in this meeting, he was not asked a single question regarding his work. Instead, his co-workers were asked all the questions, despite them only assisting with the project.



The above are but two examples of racial discrimination within the workplace. If you feel like you’ve been placed in a similar situation, you should really consider raising a formal grievance at work.

How do I raise a formal grievance at work?

The typical procedure to raise a formal grievance in the workplace would look something like the following:

  1. Speak to your line manager (unless they are the problem, in which case go straight to step 2).
  2. Your Human Resources (HR) manager should also be consulted.
  3. If this does not resolve anything, the next step would be to put your thoughts in writing to your employer.
  4. You can then have a formal meeting with your employer where your issues are discussed and hopefully handled.
  5. If issues still persist, you can appeal to your employer for not correcting the issues.
  6. Using mediation is often a good way to avoid an employment tribunal. This requires an impartial, independent person to come in and try to help you and your employer to reach a jointly beneficial decision. However, this step is completely voluntary and does not need to be abided by.
  7. Take your employer to an Employment Tribunal.

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Have you consulted ACAS?

ACAS is an independent body that offers free, impartial advice to both employers and employees with regard to good business practice and employment law. They are experts in offering up-to-date legal advice and will provide you with knowledge on the best course of action considering your circumstances.

Should I collate evidence?

Evidence can be a great way of making quick progression on a claim. It could range anywhere from CCTV footage, a string of emails, or eyewitness testimonies, and prevents claims from reaching a stalemate whereby it is one word against another.

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Why Use Oakwood Solicitors to make your case?

We have a dedicated team of solicitors and paralegals who have many years’ experience between them in running cases of this nature. They are highly trained to deal with all aspects of Employment law.

We want to ensure that clients are not overwhelmed by legal jargon, terms that they don’t understand, and aim to allow the claims procedure to be as transparent as possible.


If you believe that you have experienced Racial Discrimination in the workplace, get in touch today for a free initial consultation. Choose one of the methods on the right-hand side of this page, or call us on 0113 200 9787 to find out how we can help you.

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