16 May 2013

Trust disappointed at rise in workplace racism

9:47 am on 16 May 2013

The Equal Employment Opportunities Trust is disappointed at a rise of racism in the workplace.

Figures from the Human Rights Commission which show two-thirds of racial harrassment complaints laid are coming from employees and jobseekers.

Of the 71 complaints last year, 44 were related to employment. That's 10 more than the previous year.

In some cases, the trust says jobseekers are not given work because of their ethnicity.

Chief executive Bev Cassidy-MacKenzie said employees also suffer racist comments and abuse, and are treated badly because of their accent.

She said companies need to learn to work with people from different backgrounds.