Race discrimination charge rejected

    An employment tribunal has cleared Croydon social services director
    Hannah Miller of allegations of race discrimination.

    The case against Miller was brought by Gbolahan Awotungase after
    she publicly described him as “a hard taskmaster who bullied and
    harassed the duty management team” when naming him as employee of
    the year at a social services award ceremony in December
    2002.

    The tribunal concluded that Miller’s words were not intended to be
    “disparaging” but were in recognition of the hard work Awotungase
    had done.

    However, the tribunal criticised the council’s complaints procedure
    for being “unsatisfactory and potentially unjust” for allowing a
    grievance taken out against a very senior manager to be dealt with
    in a single hearing.

    As a result, the council has been forced to improve its complaints
    procedures.

    Awotungase plans to appeal against the tribunal decision.

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