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Many thanks for your patience. There could indeed be some potential discrimination on grounds of race/religion and nationality. Firstly if due to your race or religion you have been called a terrorist then this could be an act of discrimination by the person who made the comments.
In terms of the foreign language spoken by other workers, there is no law which says only English or one language has to be spoken, but if in the process one particular nationality is being treated detrimentally then that could also be discrimination.
If the employer dismisses you or penalises you for raising either of these concerns then that would likely amount to victimisation.
In terms of taking this further, you have two options – first of all the formal internal grievance procedure should be followed. If that does not help then your only other option is to make a claim in the employment tribunal for discrimination.
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The Equality Act is the main legislation that would deal with this so yes you can rely on that if needed. You cannot force the employer to tell the others to stop speaking their language but if they fail to do so and you do feel discriminated or excluded as a result then it can be an act of discrimination which you can consider challenging further.
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