The Equality Act 2010 says you mustn’t be discriminated against because of your race. If you’re a Gypsy or Traveller, you may be protected against race discrimination.
Discrimination which is against the Equality Act is unlawful. If you’ve experienced unlawful discrimination, you may be able to do something about it.
Read this page to find out more about when you’re protected against race discrimination if you’re a Gypsy or a Traveller.
The Equality Act says it’s only unlawful discrimination if you’re treated unfairly because of certain reasons. These reasons are called protected characteristics. Race is one of the protected characteristics under the Equality Act.
It’s race discrimination if you’re treated unfairly because of one of the following things:
Some Gypsies and Travellers are protected against discrimination on the basis of their ethnic origins.
The courts have said that Romany Gypsies and Irish Travellers are protected against race discrimination because they’re ethnic groups under the Equality Act.
If you’re a Romany Gypsy or Irish Traveller, you’re still protected against discrimination even if you’ve moved into settled accommodation.
The law says an ethnic group is a group who share the same history and cultural traditions. In addition, the group may share one or more of the following things:
It’s the courts who decide who can be an ethnic group. Gypsies and Travellers who have not been recognised as ethnic groups by the courts, are not currently protected against race discrimination under the Equality Act.
The travelling community is a term used to describe people with a nomadic lifestyle, known usually as Gypsies and Travellers.
The travelling community includes:
If you’ve been discriminated against, you can do something about it. You can take action under the Equality Act by making a complaint to the person or organisation who’s discriminated against you or you can make a discrimination claim in the courts.
If you have experienced discrimination, you can get help from the EASS discrimination helpline.
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