Wednesday, February 17, 1999 Published at 14:18 GMT
Racist employers reveal true colours
Rob, left, and Kevin: Guinea pigs in an experiment on racism in the job market
An undercover survey has revealed that people's chances of getting a job may still depend on the colour of their skin.
Rob, a white youth, and Kevin, his black counterpart, were guinea pigs in a social experiment to see who found it easier to get a job.
Wearing a concealed camera, Kevin went into a local pub advertising a vacancy for a barman.
The experiment was repeated at the local Conservative Club. Once again, Rob had more luck.
Kevin and Rob went back to the employers to confront them with their evidence.
The pub landlord said it was not Kevin's colour that was the problem but that he was big and might intimidate customers.
The woman at the Conservative Club said she was not racist but some of the members were. She said an Asian barmaid had previously had trouble, and she wanted to protect Kevin.
Job discrimination is nothing new. Claudia Baptiste recently won £12,000 for being discriminated against by the Bradford newspaper, The Telegraph and Argus.
She says: "That was apparently an everyday part of the team spirit and office banter. Now I took offence to that".
But Sir Herman Ouseley, Chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality, says discrimination is on the whole a thing of the past .
"We know there are many progressive employers in this country who are recruiting fairly, engaging ethnic minorities both within the workplace and moving them up.
"We've really got a problem particularly in the medium and small sectors of employers where there are much more informal practices going on, where they are able to discriminate and get away with it; and we haven't been able to penetrate that level of society."