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16 Racial Discrimination

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1. Introduction

2. When discrimination can happen

3. What the law says

4. Discrimination at work

5. Harassment at work

6. Discrimination when renting or buying a house or flat

It is against the law for an estate agent or landlord to discriminate against you or harass you when they are selling or letting property. So, for example, an estate agent could not refuse to show you a property because of your colour, nor could a landlord refuse to let a house to a black family for the same reason. It is also against the law for landlords to discriminate racially in the way they treat tenants. The law applies to business premises, too.

If you are a council or housing association tenant and you are racially harassed by other tenants, you should tell the council or housing association. Many organisations have policies to protect tenants against harassment. They may take out an 'injunction’ through the courts to get the people to stop harassing you, or they may be able to evict them.

7. Discrimination at school or college

8. Discrimination when buying goods or services

9. What you can do about discrimination

10. Going to an employment tribunal

11. Going to court

12. The Human Rights Act

13. Further help

14. About this leaflet


This leaflet is published by the Gurkha Free Legal Advice (LSC). It was written in association with the Commission for Racial Equality.

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Leaflet Version: November 2007