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Racial Harassment Compensation Claim Solicitors


This is a difficult concept with several definitions that may not entirely accord with one another. In its simplest form racial harassment occurs when a person receives unfavourable treatment or is the target of offensive behaviour because of race, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin. Qualifying behaviour can range from inappropriate comments to actual or threatened assaults, precipitated by a person’s race, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin. Racial harassment can include verbal abuse, physical abuse, written abuse, racist graffiti and damage to the victim’s property. It has the effect of violating dignity or creating an environment that is intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive.

Race Prejudice

A claim for compensation for racial harassment cannot be instigated merely because the perpetrator is racially prejudiced but must be accompanied by specific unlawful actions. In many cases a racial harassment compensation claim may succeed as a result of a single violent physical attack however in the case of bullying, verbal abuse, written abuse, racist graffiti or damage to the victim’s property it may be necessary to show that there has been a series of unlawful, unwanted and unacceptable incidents which the recipient finds offensive or oppressive.

Specialist Employment Solicitors

Our specialist solicitors may, in suitable cases, deal with these matters using the no win no fee scheme. If you would like advice on unwanted conduct based on race, colour, descent or national or ethnic origin, with a view to a potential racial harassment compensation claim just email our offices, call the helpline or send the contact form.