Race Discrimination – “Gypsies” and Travellers

According to the Equality Act 2010, you can’t be discriminated against based on your race. You may be protected from discrimination based on race if you are a Gypsies , Traveller or other minorities.

It is illegal to discriminate against someone who is not in compliance with the Equality Act. You may be able do something if you have been discriminated against.

This page will tell you more about your rights against discrimination in race if you are a Gypsy, Traveller or other non-European.

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What does it mean to be a Gypsies race?

According to the Equality Act, Race discrimination is only illegal if it is based on certain factors. These are known as protected characteristics. The Equality Act protects race.

If you are treated unfairly due to one of these things, it is considered race discrimination

  • Colour
  • Nationality
  • Origin of ethnicity
  • National origin

Some travellers insurance and Gypsies are protected from discrimination based on their ethnic origins.

All Gypsies and Travellers are protected from discrimination based on race?

Courts have ruled that Romany Gypsies are protected from discrimination based on race because they are ethnic groups under the Equality Act.

You’ve already moved into settled accommodation

Even if you have moved into settled accommodation, discrimination is still possible if you are a Romany Gypsy/Irish Traveller.

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What is an ethnic Gypsies  group?

An ethnic group is defined by law as a group that shares the same history and cultural traditions. The group might also share some of the following:

  • The same language
  • The same religion
  • The same literature
  • The same geographic origin
  • Being an oppressed group
  • Being a minority.

The courts decide which ethnic groups can be considered. The Equality Act does not protect against discrimination based on race.

Who are Gypsies & Travellers?

A nomadic lifestyle is what the term “travelling community” refers to. It’s also known as Gypsies or Travellers.

This is the traveling community:

  • Romany Gypsies
  • Irish Travellers
  • Travellers and Scottish Gypsies
  • Welsh Gypsies & Travellers
  • New Travellers and New Age corporate travellers
  • Bargees and others who live in boats
  • Fairground and circus families are known as traveling showmen.

What can you do to stop discrimination?

You can take action if you have been discriminated against. You can either file a complaint under the Equality Act to the person or organization that discriminated against your or file a discrimination case in the courts.

  • Additional useful information
  • Equality Advisory Support Service (EASS).
  • The EASS Discrimination Helpline can help you if you’ve been discriminated against.

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