Brent Council lose bid to overturn racial discrimination ruling

Brent Council lost their appeal bid

Brent Council lost their appeal bid - Credit: Archant

Brent Council has lost its bid to overturn a tribunal ruling which found it guilty of racial discrimination and victimisation against a former black employee.

Cllr Michael Pavey is reviewing the council's HR policies and practices

Cllr Michael Pavey is reviewing the council's HR policies and practices - Credit: Archant

The town hall paid £400 to lodge the right to appeal the decision made by Watford Employment Tribunal that Rosemary Clarke had been treated unfairly by her line manager Cara Davani, the director of human resources.

Ms Clarke, who was the council’s head of learning and development, was forced to resign from her post because of the ordeal she suffered at Ms Davani’s hands.

Last month the Employment Appeal Tribunal threw out the council’s request which paves the way for Ms Clarke to claim thousands of pounds in compensation from the local authority.

Following the ruling an internal review was launched into the town hall’s HR policies and practice.

The review is being lead by Cllr Michael Pavey, the council’s deputy leader.

A Brent Council spokesman told the Times they were disappointed with the decision but will not appeal against it.

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He added: “The council remains absolutely committed to the equal and fair treatment of all staff and is proud to have a hugely diverse workforce

“We take all allegations of racial discrimination, victimisation, harassment or bullying extremely seriously and will be testing our policies next year through external review by assessors from Investors in People and the Equality Framework for Local Government.”

The council have so far refused to disclose if any disciplinary action will be taken against Ms Davani.

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