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Race discrimination case re use of the term "coconut" - Walters v Avanta Enterprise Ltd [EAT] 21.12.17 (Unreported)

The Employment Appeal Tribunal questioned whether the use of the term "coconut" amounted to race discrimination, stating that a black person who behaved as if they were white was not a member of a group capable of falling within the scope of the Equality Act 2010 s.9(1). However, an employment judge had been wrong to strike out a race discrimination claim, as a manager's reference to the claimant as a "coconut" was not relied on by her as an act of race discrimination, but as evidence of the reason why the manager carried out the certain acts, which were the subject of the race discrimination claim.
Category: Employment » Race discrimination. Keyword(s): Victimisation. Area(s) of law: Employment.
Source: UKEAT/0127/17.

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