This isn’t the first time a company has come under fire regards racial discrimination. Earlier this month HR Grapevine reported on the news that a group of Adidas workers had penned a letter to executives asking them to examine whether the firm’s HR chief had responded appropriately to racial issues at the sportswear company.
83 employees from five of the company’s offices signed the letter, reported CNN Business, which asked the supervisory Board to launch a probe into HR Chief Karen Parkin as part of a wider effort to tackle racial inequality within the company.
Following the death of George Floyd in the US, many individuals have shared their own experiences when it comes to racial discrimination across social media platforms, while also publicly shaming senior leaders for not supporting individuals during this time in the workplace.
In UK law, the 2010 Equality Act makes it unlawful to discriminate against employees, jobseekers and trainees because of race, which includes the different elements of colour, nationality and ethnic or national origin. Acas states: “For example, this would include turning down the best applicant for a job because they are Nigerian and the employer feels they would not 'fit in' with the rest of the staff because they are all English.”
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