17 January 2008
Woman takes FCO to employment tribunal over race and sex discrimination
A woman has taken the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to an employment tribunal, claiming that she had been overlooked for promotion despite being more qualified than her white male colleagues, the Independent reports.
Manchula Kuganesa, a London accountant, told a hearing at she had not been promoted in almost 11 years and described her employers as the most "conservative" of all government departments.
In her witness statement, she commented: "I quickly appreciated that the FCO was the most conservative and traditional government department within which I had worked. It does not deal with change well and many of its practices are outmoded."
Ms Kuganesan is suing the department for race and sex discrimination, alleging that it has not embraced diversity or equal opportunities. The hearing is still ongoing.
The government minister currently responsible for the FCO is David Miliband.