25 February 2009
Worker wins claims of racial discrimination
A man has been successful in his claim of racial discrimination, it has been revealed.
According to reports in the Burnley Citizen, teacher Ajaz Ahmed Ditta was judged to have been discriminated against while working at West Craven Technology College in Barnoldswick, a town in the Lancashire borough of Pendle.
The 40-year-old claimed he had been subject to racist abuse by pupils while at the educational centre.
During a recent tribunal, it was ruled that the college did not monitor racial incidents and had no clear policy for dealing with such issues.
Tribunal chairman Mr H Forrest said: "Simply comparing the treatment of the racial abuse complaints with any other bad behaviour by the same pupil is not a proper comparison."
West Craven headteacher Mr Kuchartschuk said that the school had approached the tribunal in a "spirit of cooperation" and it is glad that the issues raised could be discussed in an open forum.
A further hearing will take place later this year when the amount Mr Ditta will receive in compensation will be decided.