20 July 2007
Policeman 'passed over for promotion for being white'
A police sergeant has told an employment tribunal that he was passed over for promotion because he is white.
Sgt Peter Richmond, 44, of West Yorkshire Police, told a tribunal in Leeds that he was overlooked by his superiors because they were seeking to employ an Asian in an area of Bradford with a large Asian population.
Sgt Richmond claims by promoting Sgt Kash Singh to the role, the force had contravened their promotion policy which he says would have made him next in line for the vacant position.
He told the hearing: "I believe that if Kash Singh had not been an ethnic minority officer, he would not have been earmarked for this role. They thought it would be nice to have a token representative."
West Yorkshire denies the allegation saying that Mr Singh was better qualified for the role on account of his close ties to the Asian population as well as his ability to speak Punjabi, Urdu and Hindu.