A survey of 1,003 BME workers suggests more than a third of black or minority ethnic (BME) workers have been subject to racism at work with incidents over the last five years including bullying, abuse, or being singled out for unfair treatment. The survey, carried out by the TUC trade union, also found that a fifth of the workers had been passed over for training or promotion.
Guidance from the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) says that employers should intervene if any employee expresses racist views. As racism at work could be an employment law and a criminal law matter, in some cases, employers and the police should handle a complaint.
The survey also found that more than 43% of ethnic minority workers said they did not report discrimination to their employers, and 38% did not report bullying and harassment. Therefore, while incidents should be investigated properly, the initial focus for companies should be on having an open workplace that celebrates cultural diversity.