Disgraced Brent Council director receives £150k payout after SHE racially discriminated against a black worker
PUBLISHED: 14:54 30 June 2016 | UPDATED: 14:54 30 June 2016
A director at Brent Council who left her job after a tribunal ruled she had victimised and racially discriminated against a black worker has received a payout of more than £150,000.
Cara Davani stepped down from her HR role nine months after Watford Employment Tribunal decided she had forced Rosemarie Clarke out of her job by treating her unfairly because of the colour of her skin.
Ms Clarke, who was the council’s head of learning and development, sued for constructive dismissal and won her case in September 2014.
The council had refused to tell the Times if any disciplinary action was taken against Ms Davani who subsequently left her job in June last year.
A report seen by the Times shows the council awarded Ms Davani, an award-winning dog breeder who runs a successful kennel, £157,610.
The six-figure payout to Ms Davani is on top of the estimated £1million that the council were ordered to give Ms Clarke.
Cllr John Warren, leader of the Brent Conservatives, said: “£157,610 compensation for loss of office is a sick joke.
“There’s no way they should have given her a penny because it’s a reward for failure. “It will be interesting to see how they justify it as I don’t believe they needed to pay her that. Not a bad deal to be rubbish at your job and get a pay off like that.”
After the tribunal ruled in Ms Clarke’s favour the council paid £400 to lodge an appeal to have the ruling overturned.
When this was thrown out by the tribunal with thousands of pounds then spent on legal fees to fight it.
A spokesman for Brent Council said: “This has been a very unhappy episode which has caused hurt to our former employee Rosemarie Clarke, cost the council financially and damaged our reputation. We are very sorry indeed.
“The settlement paid to the former director of Human Resources was made after taking external legal advice.
“We have learnt the lessons from this episode and are absolutely committed to ensuring that it never happens again.
“As a council we are now focused on working hard, with our partners and local communities, to deal with the challenges we are facing together as we strive to build a better Brent.”