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Equality North East

Why we still need race discrimination laws

How our legal framework underpins a diverse workforce

Nigel Farage, leader of political party UKIP, commented recently on the need to reform Britain’s anti-discrimination rules in a Channel 4 documentary ‘Things we won’t say about race that are true’. He claimed that employers are currently “not allowed to choose between a British-born person and a person from Poland” and that such a state of affairs is “ludicrous”.

Employers are not currently obliged to take on Polish workers against their will. While it is true that employers may be able to take positive action as a proportionate means of tackling under-representation of a particular minority group within their workforce, the Equality Act 2010 provides that they may only do so if it can be accomplished without discriminating against others.

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April 13, 2015

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