Colin Yeo - The Hostile Environment

Yeo, Colin. ‘The Hostile Environment: What Is It and Who Does It Affect?’ New Europeans, 3 June 2017.
The language of the hostile environment forms part of the legal definition of harassment in equality law

“let us consider the definition of “harassment” at section 26 of the Equality Act 2010:

(1) A person (A) harasses another (B) if—

(a) A engages in unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic [e.g. race/nationality], and

(b) the conduct has the purpose or effect of—

(ii) creating a intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for B.

That the language adopted by the Home Secretary herself and by civil servants actually forms part of the legal definition of “harassment” in equality law is astonishing. That there is clear evidence of a wider risk of discrimination against legal foreign nationals, ethnic minorities and others and that the measures are pursued regardless is also genuinely astonishing.”