Victim of caste discrimination awarded £184,000

The Equality Act 2010 does not include specific protection for individuals who are victims of discrimination as a result or associated with their caste. However, it does include provisions for protection from caste discrimination to be added at some time in the future. Nonetheless a claim based on such discrimination has been brought successfully by…

more bad behaviour – this time in an “exemplary” legal services department

Last month it was bad behaviour in the Met. This month (subject to an appeal) it is very bad behaviour in, of all places, the in-house legal department of a county council. Essex Legal Services has been put forward as a model of a forward looking legal services department. It is an award winner and…

misbehaviour in the Met – how not to treat an employee

Carol Howard, a Police Constable, has been awarded £37,000 after taking her employer, the Metropolitan Police, to an Employment Tribunal. In its verdict the Tribunal found that PC Howard had been “bullied and victimised” by her boss, because she was black. The tribunal also went further in its condemnation of officers from Scotland Yard, saying…

"something more" required to establish discrimination

In the 2007 case Madarassy v Nomura International the Court of Appeal remarked that: "The bare facts of a difference in status and a difference in treatment only indicate a possibility of discrimination. They are not, without more, sufficient material from which a tribunal ‘could conclude’ that, on the balance of probabilities, the respondent had…

award of nearly 1m pounds for race discrimination and unfair dismissal

A former NHS worker, Elliot Browne, has been awarded £933,115 in compensation for race discrimination and unfair dismissal. Mr Browne was a divisional director at Central Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust until he was dismissed in 2008. An employment tribunal sitting in Manchester found that Mr Browne had been subjected to discriminatory treatment in the…

controversial recruitment practice at Bristol City Council

Bristol City Council has caused a furore by banning white people from applying for a traineeship because it wants to boost staff diversity. According to a report in the Daily Telegraph the two-year training opportunity is only open to people from black or ethnic minority backgrounds because the “normal recruitment process was not rectifying” under-representation.…