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We see racism on the football pitch. Why can’t we see it in the workplace?

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23.05.2019

You could be forgiven for thinking Britain is “racism-free” beyond our football terraces. Our national sport grabs almost all the headlines when it comes to reporting on discrimination.

Though the racist outbursts against star players over 90 minutes attract so much attention and shock, there’s a more potent version that affect millions of people, and lasts for far longer each week – roughly 40 hours a week, to be precise. The workplace is where the vast majority of people of colour experience racism.

The 90-minute racist is usually a powerless and overexcited idiot in the stands hurling expletives in order to hurt a millionaire’s feelings and put him off his game. Painful and upsetting as this is, racism in the world of work is far more damaging and insidious. In this situation a relatively powerful and highly regarded person hurts or ruins an ethnic minority’s economic and social standing as well as their mental wellbeing.

You might not be racially abused in the corporate world (though don’t rule it out), but there is a good chance you’ll be treated (and paid) worse than your white colleagues.

It is no secret that black people have much tougher career experiences than the average white person. This is statistically demonstrated and can be spotted practically everywhere: the ethnic pay gap was, in the few places that have bothered to carry out a survey, larger than the gender pay gap (though it failed to trigger much national dialogue). There are more FTSE 100 chiefs........

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