If you have suffered race discrimination in the workplace, we understand how distressing this may be for you. You may also have suffered financial difficulty, or feel concerned about returning to the world of work. Our solicitors can help you move forward. Employment Law Edinburgh is powered by Thompsons Solicitors, and we have many years of experience in helping clients bring claims for race discrimination in the workplace. We only work on behalf of employees, fighting for their best interests and helping them get their working lives back on track. We have exceptional experience across all sectors, and understand the subtle nuances that affect different industries. Race discrimination claims are subject to strict time limits, so if you have suffered discrimination it is important to act quickly. We offer a free initial consultation with no obligation to continue, and can often work with clients on a no-win, no fee basis.

Contact us on 0131 322 1032 or complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you without delay. 

Expert Race Discrimination at Work Lawyers Edinburgh

If you have suffered racial discrimination in the workplace, we understand you will have many questions about what to do next. We can help. The information below is designed to help you determine whether you have suffered discrimination and whether you might be able to bring a claim against your employer. If you are unsure, you can contact our lawyers and we will be able to explain your position to you and determine how best to proceed. 

Race Discrimination is illegal in the UK, and employers are under a duty to ensure that they have no such practices in their organisation, with very few exceptions. It is important to note that protection against race discrimination is wide-ranging, and covers not only race but also nationality, ethnic or national origin and extends to all matters in the employment context including promotion and training. The Equality Act 2010 sets out the four kinds of race discrimination that exist, all of which are illegal in UK law.

Direct Discrimination

A situation of direct race discrimination is where an individual is treated less well by their employer, because of their race or what they employer thinks is their race. Furthermore, direct race discrimination also includes situations where an individual is treated less favourably, because of the race of someone that he or she associates with or has a good working relationship with. Examples include being refused a job, promotion or training on the basis of race. 

Indirect Discrimination

Indirect race discrimination covers situations where there is some kind of working practice or policy in an organisation that is supposed to apply to everyone, but has a particularly negative impact on employees of a particular race. An example might be policies around how hair must be styled. 


An individual may be suffering from Harassment where they are the subject of some kind of unwelcome behaviour in the work environment that is related to their race. This conduct will have a damaging impact on the working environment of the individual or has a detrimental impact on the individual. Examples include where racial comments are made, or where comments are directed at someone of a particular race. 


Racial Victimisation is where an individual is treated less well, because they have made a complaint about race discrimination in the past or have supported others who have made a similar complaint against their employer.

Racial Discrimination in the Workplace 

Employers must ensure that they have procedures in place to address complaints of racial discrimination. An employer may be able to defend a claim of race discrimination, if a particular role required someone to be of a specific race to perform the role effectively. However, such a defence must be analysed very carefully. If you believe that you have been the subject of less favourable treatment because of your race, or because of the race of people that you associate with at work, you may have been the subject of race discrimination.

We are experts in the fields of employment law, and are regularly involved in working with individuals who believe they have been racially discrimination against. We can help you to try and resolve the situation with your employer on an informal basis, or if needs be, assist you in bringing the matter before an Employment Tribunal to deal with the matter. Our lawyers understand that bringing a claim against your employer may seem intimidating, and you may have concerns about the situation getting worse. We are here to put your mind at ease, and will discuss any concerns you have. As employment law claims are subject to strict time limits, it is essential that you act quickly. Get in touch with our team today to arrange an appointment, or discuss your circumstances over the phone. 

Contact our Specialist Racial Discrimination Lawyers in Edinburgh

If you are facing race discrimination issues at work as an employee then contact our solicitors at Employment Law Edinburgh. When you first contact us, we offer a free initial consultation to help you determine whether your claim has a good chance of success. We will set out all of your options for you clearly and concisely so you understand how best to proceed. Our lawyers understand that you may be concerned about legal fees, so we will always be transparent about costs and can discuss a no-win, no fee arrangement where suitable. We will advise you of what we can do to help your situation. There is no time to delay, begin your claim today.

Contact us on 0131 322 1032 or complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you without delay. 

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