10 November 2010
Former employee seeks £60k from Hilton hotel for race discrimination
A former employee at the Park Lane Hilton hotel is pursuing a compensation claim of £60,000 against the world-renowned chain on the basis of race and sex discrimination grievances.
Juliette Giscombe, a 57-year-old Jamaican-born woman, has told an employment tribunal that she was continually refused the opportunity to progress from her position as a telephonist at the workplace throughout her ten-year stint there and claimed that black people were intentionally kept out of front-of-house roles at the hotel.
Mrs Giscombe - who is the mother of TV personality and comedian Richard Blackwood - commented that she hit a "glass ceiling" in terms of her career development at the firm after six years.
She claimed that the company - which runs more than 530 hotels in 76 countries globally - did not want to employ black members of staff in positions "where they would be visible to the public".
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Posted by Richard Saunders