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Racial Harassment Solicitors - Race Compensation Claim
Our specialist employment law solicitors deal with racial harassment compensation claims. Our race harassment solicitors offer free legal advice on claims with no further obligation. If you would like to speak to a solicitor for no cost advice just call the helpline, complete the contact form or email the office. A racial harassment compensation claim arises as a result of an incident or a series of incidents that are motivated by race hatred and are illegal in the UK by virtue of employment protection legislation including :-
- Protection from Harassment Act 1997
- Administration of Justice Act 1970
- Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994
- Public Order Act 1986
In general terms the definition of what is racial harassment is subjective rather than objective which infers that it is dependent on the interpretation given to it by the victim rather than the alleged intention of the perpetrator who cannot therefore get away with it, without penalty, by pathetic excuses for bad behaviour such as repeating the oft heard mantra of 'only joking'. There are a number of definitions of exactly what constitutes racial harassment however one of the most common variations is as follows :-
'any incident which is perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person'
Unlawful Racial Incidents
Any racial harassment solicitor who deals with compensation claims in the Employment Tribunal finds that most of these incidents occur within the confines of the workplace with the protagonists being co-workers however there are also many incidents of bullying behaviour instigated by line management based on racial prejudice which is of itself not unlawful, because we are all entitled to an opinion, until such time as there are positive discriminatory actions based on race. The following list, which is not exhaustive outlines a number of incidents that may constitute racial harassment and may be sufficient to ground a claim for compensation before the Employment Tribunal :-
- Common assault with no visible injury which may include minor incidents such as pushing.
- Assault occasioning actual bodily harm including ABH, GBH and murder.
- Verbal abuse of the racist genre including telling jokes based on race.
- Displaying racist graffiti or literature or correspondence or emails etc.
- Sending racist correspondence or emails or displaying racist websites on computer screens
- Racist literature left on public view or deliberately left lying around in the workplace
- Intimidation or bullying in the workplace based on race
- Nuisance activities such as disruption of the working environment because of race.
Equal Opportunities Policy
An employer is liable for acts of discriminatory racial harassment in the workplace carried out by an employee however an employer can avoid liability if they ensure that there is in place an Equal Opportunities Policy which defines and outlaws racial harassment and they are able to prove that they took reasonable practical steps to prevent harassment based on race. Employees must be made aware of the law and of company policy and of the consequences of being involved in racial harassment by an on-going program of education in the workplace. Complaints of harassment may be dealt with by a company on a formal basis or an informal basis however in either case the employee is still entitled to instruct a race harassment solicitor to take legal action in the Employment Tribunal no matter the outcome of the companies own investigations.
Race Harassment Solicitors
Specialist employment law solicitors operate exclusively in all areas of dispute between employees and employers and they do nothing else which enables them to achieve your goals in the most efficient and practical way possible. They are able to pursue or negotiate a racial harassment compensation claim on your behalf and can provide representation anywhere in the United Kingdom. If you would like an initial free consultation for advice to find out whether you have a good case, how to go about claiming and how much your compensation might be worth you can call the helpline or complete the contact form or email our offices. If after talking to a specialist lawyer you decide not to take matters further you are under no obligation to do so and you will not be charged for our initial advice session.