05 January 2009
Journalist wins sexual discrimination and unfair dismissal claim
A UK journalist has been awarded compensation following a successful claim of sexual discrimination and unfair dismissal against the Islam Channel.
Ex-Sunday Express writer Yvonne Ridley was awarded £20,000 plus £5,000 in costs during a recent hearing, the Guardian reports.
She resigned from the digital channel, which was launched in 2004 and is headquartered in central London, in April 2007.
Ms Ridley alleged that she had effectively been dismissed after relations between her and the organisation's chief executive Mohammed Ali broke down.
A tribunal which took place last spring found that the way she had been treated while at the channel had been "riddled with unfairness".
It also ruled that she had been subjected to "a wholesale approach of seeking to blame her at various points".
The case had heard evidence from a number of figures in support of the journalist, including MP George Galloway.
In the recent hearing, the amount of the compensation was decided.