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Q: What exactly is victimisation in the workplace? Is it illegal?
A: It certainly is unlawful. Victimisation is recognised in law as a manifestation of race or sex discrimination. If you, a white manager, told your white recruitment officer not to employ any black people and that, if they did, they would not get a pay increase, the officer could claim race discrimination against you. However any form of victimisation would be construed as bullying and an employee could take legal action against you, for example by leaving and claiming constructive dismissal.
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