Equal Opportunities FAQs


Are there rules about racial discrimination when taking on an employee?

Yes there are. Jobs, training and promotion must be open to all regardless of colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin.

Discrimination is unlawful except in certain cases eg. for genuine occupational qualification reasons and in private households. For further information see:

  • Home Office booklet Racial Discrimination – A Guide
  • SBS Employment Rights Factsheet Racial Discrimination in Employment (URN 00/959)
  • Commission for Racial Equality guide Equal Opportunities is Your Business Too

For detailed information contact The Commission for Racial Equality.

For information and advice on equal opportunities legislation and best practice contact Equality Direct.

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