Employment Tribunals: Challenging discrimination at work


In recent months the Employment Tribunal, and Appeals Tribunal has issued two welcome decisions in respect of employees speaking their first language in the workplace. Fiona Hamor, a Partner in the Employment team at Pannone Solicitors who advises on all aspects of employment law, including unfair dismissals, discrimination, redundancies and trade union issues writes about the importance of these decisions.

John Terry not guilty of racism


In what can only be described as an extra ordinary event, Chelsea’s captain has been cleared of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand.

Terry did not deny he used the words ‘fuck off, fuck off ...fucking black cunt, fucking nobhead’ but argued ‘fuck off, fuck off ...fucking black cunt’ , was a question, not an insult.

Why you wouldn’t say , ‘I didn’t say you fucking black cunt’ or at least seen to be making a questioning gesture is difficult to fathom.

Dr Tommie Smith - a Living Legend


On Wednesday 11th July, Operation Black Vote in partnership with Freshwater UK Plc and Arrow Films hosted a packed audience including Peers, Ambassadors, British sports stars and celebrities who turned out to welcome the legendary Olympic gold medallist, civil rights activist and devout Christian Tommie Smith for the UK film premiere of Salute.

Susan Horton: Rewards for Abuse?


Racism and racist abuse in a civilised society is deplored. Those found guilty of such abuse, particularly in a work capacity, not only tend to lose the respect of their peers but it can affect their career progression, with employers spotting a clear inability to work without prejudice in an environment where teamwork is necessary.

However, in a bizarre twist, as with Susan Horton, the perpetrator becomes the authority.

Guardian:Online abuse;we have suffered too


Mehdi Hasan revealed the Islamophobic abuse he's endured online. It's something all racial minority writers face.

Inayat Bunglawala, Huma Qureshi, Simon Woolley, Nadiya Takolia and Bim Adewunmi write for the Guardian CiF.

Inayat Bunglawala: 'I have regularly seen online witchhunts against Muslims'

No free lunch?


Every year more than 100,000 students in English colleges miss out on a free lunch - unlike their counterparts in school. So the Association of Colleges and its members have launched a national campaign to end this unfair and discriminatory practice which can be a bar to social mobility. The impact of the disparity is particularly keenly felt in Greater London, the North of England and the West Midlands.

Expats vs Immigrants


The dictionary meaning of expatriation is "to remove oneself from residence in one's native land, one who has taken up residence in a foreign land". The dictionary meaning of immigration is "to enter and settle in a country or region to which one is not native".

The changing face of British tennis?


As Murray mania sweeps the country, OBV’s Philippa de Lacy considers questions of national identity and covert racism in tennis today.

Bristol against EDL


Bristol will brace itself for the English Defence League (EDL) march, scheduled to take place on 14th July at Castle Park.

The EDL state that they want to come to Bristol,

…because we wish to draw public attention to Islamic grooming, the refusal of Muslims to integrate into British society and the increasing attacks by Muslims on non-Muslim Britons.

The apparent focus on Muslims has caused people to label the organization as racist.

Dwayne Fields: Hackney to North Pole


Dwayne Fields migrated from Jamaica aged 6. In early 2000, he was stabbed in Tottenham and in 2004 were it not for a misfiring gun, Fields surely would have died from being shot at point-blank range. Today, he holds the record for being the first ever black Briton to reach the North Pole; weren’t expecting that were you?

Dwayne Fields is the classic tale of it never being too late to redeem yourself, and as of today, Fields wants other people to know that they too can achieve his 2010 feat. He spells out his wishes by declaring that,

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