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British Leyland Guilty of Discrimination

British Leyland badge © The359In the first case of its kind British Leyland was held by an industrial tribunal to have discriminated indirectly on racial grounds by insisting that applicants for manual work complete forms in English. The case, which was supported by the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE), was brought under section 1(1)(b) of the Race Relations Act 1976 which stated that it is discriminatory to apply a condition or requirement which on the surface is not discriminatory but which affects one racial group disproportionately. The CRE welcomed the tribunal's unanimous decision saying that it believed that a number of employers discriminated indirectly by imposing a language requirement which kept Indians and Pakistanis out of manual work.
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