What to do if you’re worried about racism
Following the EU referendum, you may be worried about reports of an increase in race hate incidents, in particular towards migrant workers and ethnic minorites. In addition, if you are an EU national working in the UK, you may feel uncertain about your future position.
Below is some useful information about your rights, what you can expect, and where to go for help and support if you experience racism at work or elsewhere.
Your rights at work
All employees have the right to:
Talking about contentious political issues
- Any discussion about contentious political issues should be conducted sensitively and with respect for the views and positions of others.
- We all have the right to freedom of expression, but this does not extend to the protection of speech that discriminates against, harasses or incites violence or hatred against others
Race hate incidents
There have been reports of an increase in racism and hate incidents. These are criminal offences. The National Police Chiefs’ Council has said that:
victims and those feeling vulnerable will receive support from the police and offenders can expect a strong response and enhanced sentencing.
Where to get information and help
- If you have any worries, you can discuss these with your line manager.
- If you are a union member, speak to your union representative.
- If you believe you have been discriminated against, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service on 0808 800 0082.
- Anyone who experiences a race hate incident can report it by calling the police on 101. In an emergency, always dial 999.
- You can also use True Vision, the official website for reporting hate crime - www.report-it.org.uk. True Vision have information about third party reporting centres for those who do not want to go the police directly. These centres also provide advice and support.
- In Scotland, report hate incidents directly on the Police Scotland website - https://www.scotland.police.uk/secureforms/hate-crime/
- You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
- If you are an EU national, you can get information relevant to people from your country of origin from your embassy or consulate. If you need help to find your embassy or consulate, please contact Citizens Advice at www.citizensadvice.org.uk or call 03444 111 444.
- Victim Support helplines: England and Wales - 0808 168 911; Scotland - 0345 603 9213.
- For impartial advice on tackling race hate incidents in the workplace, contact Acas (Advisory , Conciliation and Arbitration Service) at http://www. acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=5771.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission is Great Britain;s national equality body. It has been awarded an ‘A’ status as a National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) by the United Nations. The EHRC's job is to help make Britain fairer. They do this by safeguarding and enforcing the laws that protect people’s rights to fairness, dignity and respect.
As a statutory non-departmental public body established by the Equality Act 2006, the Commission operates independently. The Commission aims to be an expert and authoritative organisation that is a centre of excellence for evidence, analysis and equality and human rights law. They also aspire to be an essential point of contact for policy makers, public bodies and business.
We use our unique powers to challenge discrimination, promote equality of opportunity and protect human rights. We work with other organisations and individuals to achieve our aims, but are ready to take tough action against those who abuse the rights of others.