Legislation overview

The key legislation covering race discrimination from 1 October 2010 onwards is the Equality Act 2010. This is the most significant overhaul of the legislation covering race discrimination since the initial 1970's.

For cases arising before 1 October 2010, the key legislation was the Race Relations Act 1976 and the numerous statutory instruments which amended and supported that Act.

Other important legislation included numerous EC Directives including the Race Directive (2000/43/EC) and EC Equal Treatment Framework Directive (2000/78/EC) which helped form some of the UK legislation.

Other legislation which may apply to race discrimination claims include:

  • Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006
  • Protection from Harassment Act 1997
  • Modern Slavery Act 2015.

There is also a helpful and detailed Code of practice on employment and other non-statutory guidance available on the Equality and Human Rights Commission website.

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