08 June 2009
Worker receives £65k for unfair dismissal and racial discrimination
A black immigration worker has been successful in his claims of unfair dismissal and racial discrimination.
Emmanuel Obikwu was based at the Oakington Immigration Centre, which was formally an RAF base and has been in operation since 2000.
In May 2006, the 45-year-old was made redundant, while the remaining workers, all of whom were white, were promoted to new positions.
During a recent employment tribunal, Mr Obikwu was awarded £65,475, which was to cover psychiatric injury and loss of earnings, among other things.
The ruling was made despite claims by the British Refugee Council that he would have lost his job regardless of his skin colour.
Responding to the decision of the tribunal, a spokesperson for the council said it had reviewed procedures to ensure that all staff members were treated equally.
He added: "We have reviewed our [anti-discrimination] procedures. We regret the distress the process has caused [Mr] Obikwu."