As employers will no doubt be aware comments by certain celebrity Big Brother housemates have recently made news all around the World. The story raised serious issues as to the nature of racist comments.

An Employer should always remember that it can be held vicariously liable for the discriminatory actions of employees, even where those actions have taken place without their knowledge or approval.

As such, if an employee is being bullied or harassed or being treated less favourably on the grounds of their race it is the employer that often is liable for an award of compensation.

Employers must be aware that remarks of a racist nature are likely to cause offence. Such remarks could also be used in evidence in any subsequent Employment Tribunal claim.

Employers should therefore ensure that they have anti-discrimination and anti-bullying policies in place and that employees are aware that certain race related comments are unacceptable.

The team at are able to provide anti-bullying and anti-discrimination policies for employers and also provide training to help avoid discrimination taking place in the workplace. For further details click on “contact us”.