Brent Council to appeal ruling black worker was racially discriminated against

Brent Council is set to appeal the verdict

Brent Council is set to appeal the verdict - Credit: Archant

Brent Council is to appeal against a ruling which found it guilty of racial discrimination and victimisation against a former black employee by an employment tribunal.

Watford Employment Tribunal heard the council acted in a manner that destroyed relationship of trust and confidence with ex-head of learning and development, Rosemary Clarke - who was forced into resignation because the ordeal.

Ms Davani, the director of human resources, who was Ms Clarke’s line manger, had pushed for her suspension following a series of disagreements between the two of them in 2012, according to the tribunal.

A council spokesman said: “This was a disappointing and surprising decision. Brent Council takes all allegations of racial discrimination, victimisation, harassment or bullying extremely seriously.

“We are proud of the diverse nature of our workforce and proud to have one of the highest black and minority ethnic staff populations in London.

“Following independent legal advice, we have decided to appeal as there appear to be legal errors in the tribunal’s reasoning, in particular on the direct race discrimination and victimisation aspects of the judgement.

“This does not mean we are complacent. We accept there are important lessons to be learned from this case.

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Claiming that eight out of 10 members of staff said they were confident in human resources, equalities policies and procedures, the spokesman continued: “To ensure that we learn lessons from this case, Cllr Pavey, Deputy Leader, who has responsibility for equalities and the council’s role as employer, will take stock of our policies and practice to see where improvements can be made.”

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

The cost of lodging an appeal is £400 and if it is accepted the council must pay a further £1,250.Related links: Brent Council found guilty of victimisation and racism against black worker