An employee of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is taking legal action against the organisation over alleged racial discrimination, it has been revealed.
Moi Ali, the NMC's vice-president, has submitted the claim, which is also related to charges of discrimination on the basis of religious belief, to the London Central Employment Tribunal, the Nursing Times reports.
Ms Ali became the council's vice-president two years ago after serving as a lay member previously. Her term of office is due to come to an end in July 2010.
A spokesperson for the NMC stated that it would comment on employment tribunals.
A UK regulator for the nursing and midwifery professions, the NMC aims to maintain a register of qualified nurses, midwives and specialist community public health nurses, set standards of practice and conduct, and provide advice for nurses and midwives.
Its duties are determined by the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001.