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Sexual and racial discrimination complaints made by council staff

Sexual and racial discrimination complaints made by council staff

Over the past three years, workers at a local council in England received a combined total of more than half a million pounds in employment tribunal awards, it has been revealed.

Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show that £538,693 was paid out in settlements by Lambeth Council under such circumstances over the period, the Streatham Guardian reports.

In total, 66 cases were settled out of court and the complaints included alleged racial and sexual discrimination.

According to the figures, a total of 24 cases were settled in 2006-07, while 29 were wrapped up in this way the following year.

Meanwhile, 13 settlements were agreed during the last financial year.

The details of each case remain undisclosed due to a confidentiality agreement stopping information entering the public domain.

A spokeswoman for the council - which serves a population of around 270,000 - said: "Most confidentiality clauses are mutual and protect not only confidentiality for the employer but also the employee."