Policies alone will not cure race discriminationOn 31 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article It is especially damning that the Crown Prosecution Service should be foundguilty of race discrimination. This is because one of the responsibilities ofthe CPS is to make sure people from ethnic minorities are not more likely to goto court than white people. However, there are lessons for all employers in thereport’s findings, and not just those providing a public service. Overall the CPS discriminates less against ethnic minorities than employerson average. It is only when it comes to promoting black and Asian lawyers andadministrators into the higher grades that its practices appear to bediscriminatory. Compared to many organisations, the CPS has tried hard to putits house in order with equality videos and other initiatives giving racediscrimination a high profile among staff in recent years. In fact, one of theironies is that the CPS has tended to employ a relatively high number of blackand Asian lawyers because they face discrimination at the bar and find it hardto enter private practice because of discrimination within the solicitorsprofession. It is significant that many senior CPS officers refused to accept thestatistics were evidence of discrimination, some even claiming they themselveswere the victims of political correctness, like the lawyer who said, “I amwhite, I am male and able-bodied. I find myself in the situation where I do notbelieve that there are prospects of promotion for people who are in myposition”. The chief lesson from the CPS report is that racial discrimination cannot beended by policies or by appointing equal opportunities officers alone. As RohanCollier, head of equality and diversity has admitted, a complete culture changeis needed, and this means changing attitudes, everyday behaviour and practices. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.