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I have a Phillipina friend who works in care. She was

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I have a Phillipina friend who works in care. She was excluded from two meetings concerning a client she works with. It has been suggested she was excluded because of the racial prejudice of the client's mother. How should she proceed?

Hello, my name is***** am a qualified lawyer and I will be assisting you with your question today. What evidence is there that race was a factor?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
A colleague suggested that was the reason. She was asked to perform other duties for the first meeting and not informed of the other meeting. When another colleague had been requested to come into work to attend the first. All the other carers who work with this client attended.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She is the only non caucasian carer.

What was the nature of the meetings and who were they held by? Was the mother in attendance?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
They were to discuss the client's care. The mother did attend.

Whilst she should not be treated detrimentally because of her race, the primary culprit here is the mother, rather than the employer. The employer was simply following the client’s wishes and they would have been placed in a somewhat difficult position. Had the employer decided to treat her detrimentally with no other reason then they would have been likely guilty of discrimination However, in these circumstances the primary discriminator would have been the client’s mother. In this case it is still possible for her to raise a complaint though and she can do so by raising a grievance with the employer, to highlight that she believes she was discriminated and to request that this matter is looked into. The employer could then speak to the client and their mother and make it very clear that such behaviour cannot and should not be tolerated and to reconsider their position and future actions. They could state that in the future they will not consider their requests on discriminatory matters.

In terms of legal action, the only thing she can do is make a claim for race discrimination against the employer. Perhaps she should try and resolve the matter through a grievance with them first and see if similar issues occur again in the future. If they do, then she may wish to consider this more seriously and plan on taking formal action.

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