22 August 2007
Nurse claims he was racially harassed
A nurse in Milton Keynes has claimed that he was racially harassed in the workplace and was not given the same opportunities as his peers, reports MK News.
Michael Welsh, who works at the city's Chadwick Lodge, has now taken Barchester Healthcare, the organisation which runs the secure unit, to an employment tribunal.
The alleged racial abuse occurred in November 2006. Mr Welsh, who is 48, has been signed off from work since February 2007.
"I was extremely tired and fearful of further racial assaults [and] name calling … It really caused me a lot of psychological trauma," he told the newspaper.
He also alleged: "I was told: 'you are very bossy and when black people get into these positions they love to give orders'. I have received absolutely no support, no protection."
Last month, the Evening Standard reported that a 59-year-old Muslim street warden was awarded £42,000 after an employment tribunal judged that he had been the victim of a racist bullying campaign.