29 January 2013
Discrimination compensation of £420k upheld
A total compensation settlement of £420,000 awarded to a woman on the grounds of sex and race discrimination has been upheld.
Natasha Sivanandan initially took legal action against the London Borough of Hackney in 1999 after she was turned down for a role as a training and development coordinator and race discrimination case worker with Hackney Action for Racial Equality (HARE), the Daily Telegraph reports.
Ms Sivanandan - who is a qualified barrister - claimed she was unfairly treated in her interview for the post purely on the basis that she had lodged a discrimination case against HARE previously after being rejected for a different position.
Three years after starting her case, the professional was awarded just over £15,000 in damages and this figure was then boosted by later instalments of £1,900 and £421,000 for the council's wrongdoing.
The local authority subsequently disputed this settlement, but it has emerged today (January 29th) that Lord Justice Mummery has ruled in the claimant's favour, meaning she is able to keep her damages.
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Posted by Trusha Vyas