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What is discrimination?

To treat one particular group of people less favourably than others because of their race, colour, nationality, or ethnic or national origin.


The law in Britain recognises two kinds of racial discrimination: direct and indirect.


  • Direct discrimination occurs when race, colour, nationality, or ethnic or national origin is used as an explicit reason for discriminating.
  • Indirect discrimination occurs when there are rules, regulations or procedures operating, which have the effect of discriminating against certain groups of people. This may happen in subtle ways. For example, staff at a shop in Blackburn had to wear a uniform skirt, but an Asian woman worker refused for religious reasons. A tribunal found the shop guilty of indirect discrimination, because a large number of Asian women would not be able to comply with the rule.




Help if you face discrimination

The following organizations can provide advice and help if you think you've been a victim of discrimination:



The Council for Racial Equality in Cornwall

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