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EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL ACCUSES ISLINGTON LBC OF 'SHOCKING' RACISM

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Islington LBC has been found guilty at an employment tribunal of racial and sexual discrimination, reports the High...
Islington LBC has been found guilty at an employment tribunal of racial and sexual discrimination, reports the Highbury & Islington Express (p3).

The five women who took the council to court after losing their jobs in a restructuring of the housing department could now be line for substantial compensation.

Five other workers who lost their jobs in the same restructure have already accepted an out of court settlement worth a total of£30,000.

The tribunal found in favour of the five, who represented themselves, and said the council's attitude had amounted to 'direct racism'.

The ruling added: 'The treatment of the unsuccessful black and ethnic minority females can best be described as shocking and not one which one would expect from a caring employer concerend about equal opportunities and discrimination issues.'

Islington LBC leader Steve Hitchins pledged to open up the council's equal opportunities policies to a review by the Commission for Racial Equality.

The awards hearing is due to start on February 28.

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