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Sikh employee subjected to racial abuse by Muslim boss

Posted: 9th July 2014   In: Individual Employment

A Sikh employee has been awarded £18,000 compensation after being racially abused by his Muslim boss.

He had worked as a forecourt cleaner at a garage and was often given demeaning tasks and made to perform them repeatedly.

His boss made him collect things from the cash and carry up to four times a week even when he wasn’t on duty. When he complained that he wasn’t getting paid he was told: "You need your job don't you? If you can't go, you'll lose your job."

The boss referred to his employee as a “lazy low-caste Sikh” and complained about him in front of customers.

A co-worker, who was the brother-in-law of the boss, made racial insults about the Sikh’s white wife. The co-worker said to him: "You look homeless. Did your wife throw you out? I don't know how you can stay with a white woman. They're not clean and they don't know how to live. You look homeless."

When the Sikh complained to the boss he was told: "That's my family member. You can't do anything."

He was also made to scrape weeds from the forecourt with a screwdriver and made to repeat the task several times.

The judgment of the employment tribunal noted that the “purpose was to violate [his] dignity and create a degrading and humiliating environment for him.”

He was awarded £7,162 for unfair dismissal and £11,108 for racial and religious discrimination.

Please contact Jackie Cuneen for more information about the issues raised in this article or any aspect of employment law.

Posted by: Jackie Cuneen
Employment
Luton Office