Your rights under the amended Act
If you think you have been discriminated at work, or when applying for work, you have the right under the amended Act to take your complaint before an employment tribunal.
If you think that you have been discriminated against by any organisation or body when buying goods, during training, when seeking accommodation, or when applying for or using any service provided by banks, pubs, clubs, cinemas, cafés, insurance companies and other private agencies, you can bring a case of racial discrimination to a county court (in England and Wales) or sheriff court (in Scotland).
If you think you have been discriminated against by any public body carrying out any of its functions, such as the provision of services, or using its enforcement powers, you can bring a case of racial discrimination to a county court (in England and Wales) or sheriff court (in Scotland). This could include, for example, the way a local authority provides housing services or social services, the way a hospital provides health care, or how you are treated by the police or by the prison service.
If you are thinking of bringing a case of racial discrimination you can apply to the CRE, or to one of a number of other organisations such as trade unions, racial equality councils, law centres, citizens advice bureaux and other advice agencies, for help.
There are strict time limits for filing your case at an employment tribunal or court, so you should not delay. In general, you have three months to file an employment case and six months to file a case in the county court or sheriff court.