23 February 2011
Jewish hospital worker wins damages for religious discrimination
Royal Manchester Children's Hospital has insisted it takes religious discrimination very seriously after an offensive remark was made to an employee.
Child psychotherapist Judy Williams - who is Jewish - was meeting with human resources manager Nadine Powell after winning an unfair dismissal case.
However, Ms Powell is understood to have told Ms Williams that "if someone was of strong Jewish faith, then you would not expect them to work in the Gestapo as they would not fit".
A spokeswoman for Royal Manchester Children's Hospital has said it is looking into the matter, although the Manchester Evening News understands Ms Powell is now on extended sick leave.
Ms Williams has received an extra £4,500 on top of the money she secured in her unfair dismissal case as a result of the incident.
She described the analogy used by Ms Powell as "appalling" and said she felt physically sick after it was said.
This comes after the Tribunals Services reported that the number of employment tribunal claims it received in the third quarter of 2010 was eight per cent down on the amount recorded a year earlier.
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Posted by Richard Saunders
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