04 September 2009
Woman claims she was victim of race and religious discrimination
A woman has claimed that she was subject to race and religious discrimination at work.
Administration official Azra Hussain, who is employed at the Job Centre Plus in Wolverhampton, alleges that the victimisation she endured caused her to stop wearing her traditional Muslim headscarf, the Walsall Advertiser reports.
A witness statement read out during a recent employment tribunal said she was bullied and harassed by a number of colleagues who wanted her to move to another section.
Ms Hussain, who was unable to attend the hearing because she was suffering from depression and a heart condition, says she did not receive support from her employer when she attempted to stop the discrimination.
The case has been adjourned to a later date so that she can give evidence.
A government agency, Jobcentre Plus aims to support people of working age into work, as well as to help employers fill their vacancies.