Race bias claim leads to £160,000 settlementOn 30 Jan 2001 in Personnel Today StockportBorough Council will pay £160,000 to a former employee in an out-of-courtsettlement over a race discrimination case. JustinIdehen, the former head of engineering, was upset over alleged changes to hisjob. He claimed the council had re-graded his job, changed his responsibilitieswithout consultation and refused to adjust his pay in line with fellow staff ona similar grade.Aninternal investigation by the council, headed by the chief executive, upheldthe complaint but found no evidence of racial discrimination. Idehen took hiscase to employment tribunal.StockportBorough Council decided to settle out of court. A spokesman said,”Although we were confident of success in the tribunal, relations betweenthe employee and management had broken down so fundamentally that there was noalternative to a parting of the ways.”Thecouncil denied the settlement was an award of damages. “Mr Idehen was notforced out of his job, it was a mutually agreed settlement and a mutual partingof ways.”TheCRE urged councils to check their policies are free of race bias. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.