01 May 2008
Council made to pay £26k compensation in racial discrimination case
A council has been ordered to pay £26,000 in compensation after it was judged to have racially discriminated against a job candidate.
Angus Council - which serves a population of around 108,400 people - was said to have been unable to explain why it had not shortlisted Bangladeshi man Ahsan Khan for the position of head of housing despite the fact he met all the criteria for the job, the BBC reports.
Mr Khan had applied for the post in 2006, however, in the middle of the recruitment process, the council altered its selection criteria and he was not chosen.
A tribunal ruled that the council had failed to follow rules established by the Commission for Racial Equality.
Commenting on the tribunal's decision, Mr Khan said: "The ruling today vindicates my view that because of my race I was put at a disadvantage when applying for this senior position."
Angus Council has said it will not comment until it has studied the verdict.