Black people face invisible barriers in the workplace
Research has shown that “Black people face invisible barriers, reinforces by biased and inconsistent performance management and selection process.”
According to Acas: (Help & advice for employers and employees)
“The Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful to discriminate against employees, job seekers and trainees because of their race, this includes the different elements of colour, nationality, and ethnic or national origin”.
An example would include turning down the best applicant for a job. Because they are ethnic or black and the employer feels they would not ‘fit in’ with the rest of the staff because they are all English.
The government’s recently published McGregor-Smith Review: race in the workplace reports that people from black and minority backgrounds are being held back in the workplace because of the colour of their skin, costing the UK economy an estimated £24 billion, the equivalent of 1.3 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) a year.
Black and minority people
The review also highlighted that six percent of black and minority people. Reach the top level management positions, and concluded that now is the time for the government to act.
In 2001 the MacPherson inquiry, mainly investigating the Metropolitan Police. Used the term ‘Institutional Racism’ “where processes, structures and cultures undermine people from ethnic backgrounds in all aspects.
In 2017, white privilege continues to dictate employment and career opportunities. For many black and minority individuals in the workplace.
Ensuring equality across the highest levels of organisations. Will not change or happen unless businesses are forced to acknowledge and develop a comprehensive strategy, which also includes race equality.
Companies that fail to recruit a diverse and representative workforce. Meanwhile Britain today must be challenged, and the enforcement regulators need to hold organisations to account. If they fail to comply with equality law and the public sector equality duty. This is the only way that things will change.
There are huge challenges ahead, but the UK government have a duty to protect and preserve our equality, employment and workers’ rights in light of Britain exiting the EU.