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Equality North East


This section of the website is used to catalogue definitions of terms used throughout this website. To select a word, choose the initial letter of the word below.

Glossary Terms beginning with the letter R :

  • Racial Group
    The CRE uses the term racial group, in the context of racial discrimination cases with the definition given in the Race relations Act 1976 that is, to cover groups defined by common race, colour, ethnic origin, national origin, or nationality (including citizenship). Please note that it is a matter of rulings by the courts - not of CRE house style - that certain groups have the status of racial groups under the Race Relations Act while others have not for example, that Sikhs, Jews and Irish Travellers qualify, but Muslims and Rastafarians do not.
  • Racial Harassment
    Harassment occurs when someoneís actions or words, based on the relevant grounds, are unwelcome an violate another personís dignity or create an environment that is intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive.
  • Real life test
    This refers to the transition period in gender reassignment during which the individual must live and work in the new sex.
  • Reasonable
    In terms of reasonable adjustments, if a complaint were to be made against an employer, an employment tribunal would decide whether the adjustment being considered were reasonable or not.
  • Reasonable Adjustment
    Reasonable adjustments are changes to physical premises or working practices which remove the disadvantage they present to a person with a disability. There are no cut and dried rules because everyone is different.
  • Refugee
    Those who have been awarded refugee status (which allows the individual to remain in the UK). Also, those asylum seekers who have been given the right to work in the UK (and claim JSA) where their asylum claims were made prior to April 2000.
  • Religion or Belief
    Religion or belief is defined as being any religion, religious belief or similar philosophical belief. This does not include any philosophical or political belief unless it is similar to religious belief. It will be for the Employment Tribunals and other Courts to decide whether particular circumstances are covered by the regulations.
  • Reprimands and final warnings
    Replaced cautions for juveniles in June 2000