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15th April 2019

Racial harassment: A significant problem in the UK's workplace

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A new report has found that the majority of ethnic minority workers have experienced racial harassment at work in the last five years, and have been subjected to unfair treatment by their employer because of their race.

The Racism Ruins Lives study, based on polls carried out by the TUC, found racism remained a widespread issue in everyday working life in the UK. The survey of more than 5,000 people found:

  • 65% of all ethnic minority participants reported having experienced racial harassment at work in the last five years, while 49% said they had been treated unfairly by their employer because of their race.
  • Almost half (46%) of respondents from a black, Asian or mixed heritage background reported they had been subjected to verbal abuse and racist jokes at work.
  • A third said they had been bullied and subjected to “ignorant or insensitive” questions, while 11% experienced racist violence at work.
  • 62% of black employees said racism at work impacted their mental health and stress, with more than half (56%) saying workplace racism negatively impacted their work.
  • More than a quarter (28 per cent) of employees who reported experiencing workplace racism stated they had to take a period of sick leave. And a significant proportion of both women and men said racial discrimination had caused them to leave a job. 

For more information, you can read People Management article here.