A Jewish surveyor has won a five-figure sum in his claims for constructive dismissal, race and religious discrimination and race-related and religion-related discrimination.
Mr Darren Feldman, 33, worked for hospital group HCA International from April 2012 as a construction project manager until his resignation in the same year because he felt that he was being harassed and discriminated against on the basis of his faith and race. He subsequently instructed employment law solicitors and submitted claims to the Employment Tribunal.
The case came before the London Central Employment Tribunal earlier this year. The Employment Tribunal panel heard evidence that Mr Feldman’s boss, Mr Oates, made comments about Tottenham Hotspur Football Club’s Jewish fans and made a series of derogatory comments regarding Jews. These comments included:
- Mr Oates allegedly stating: “Quite frankly they’re all a bunch of Yids. I’d like to lock them in the building and gas them all.”
- Mr Oates allegedly stating that he wanted to run past White Hart Lane stadium with an “IVOR 4 SKIN” t-shirt on
- Mr Oates allegedly asking Mr Feldman whether he wanted to go to a bar called “JuJu” in an intimidating manner
- Mr Oates allegedly asking “I’m just messing them around. Quite frankly they’re all a bunch of Yids. I’d like to lock them in the building and gas them all”, in a reference to a business deal with Lord Sugar’s son, David.
Mr Feldman’s employment solicitor commented after the case: “This is an extreme instance of an employer failing to safeguard an employee. Mr Feldman should never have been subjected to such abuse.”
Chris Hadrill, an employment law solicitor at Redmans, also commented on the case: “Employers should take pains not to make remarks that are or could be offensive or discriminatory towards their employees – not just because of the legal implications but also because of the moral issues at stake.”
HCA are apparently considering appealing the judgment after admitting they were “extremely disappointed” with the ruling.