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16 Racial Discrimination
3. What the law says
The Race Relations Act protects you from racial discrimination and harassment and gives you the right to challenge negative discrimination in the courts or at an employment tribunal. Taking someone to court or to a tribunal may change the way an organisation behaves so other people are not discriminated against in future.
The Act also makes racial discrimination by public bodies (such as the police) unlawful and requires government departments and other public organisations to have policies to promote racial equality.
The law protects all racial groups – not just black and ethnic minority groups – from discrimination.
The law on equality talks about three types of discrimination:
Harassment is unwanted behaviour which that hurts your dignity or creates an intimidating, hostile or humiliating atmosphere for you.
This leaflet covers five main areas where discrimination or harassment may happen:
This leaflet is published by the Legal Services Commission (LSC). It was written in association with the Commission for Racial Equality.
The leaflets are regularly updated but the law may have changed since they were printed so the information in them may be incorrect or out of date.
Leaflet Version: July 2017