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Employee wins harassment case after supervisor made racist remarks in works vehicle

A council employee has won his claims of racial harassment after an incident where his supervisor made racist remarks towards him as they drove to a job.

The Leeds employment tribunal (ET) found that Mr A Leader, an environmental action operative employed by Leeds City Council, suffered “clearly unwanted” comments about his own race, the colour of his skin and the nationality of others that amounted to racial harassment.

In what lawyers described as an ‘unusual’ move, the ET dismissed claims against the council itself after ruling that the employer had shown it had taken all reasonable steps to prevent the supervisor from making racist comments to fellow employees. The case proceeded instead against the individual supervisor who made the remarks.

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August 8, 2019

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