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NRI wins racism case in Scotland

The case was filed against Glasgow City Council in Scotland which turned down his promotion in favour of a less qualifed woman.

india Updated: Dec 10, 2005 12:11 IST

A Non-Resident Indian has won a racial discrimination battle against Glasgow City Council in Scotland which turned down his promotion in favour of a less qualified woman.

After a five-year legal battle, the Court of Session found that both Kuldip Dhesi and another employee Zimbabwe-born Clarence Bvunzai were victims of racial discrimination after they failed to gain promotion within the Council.

Dhesi, a social sciences graduate, failed in his attempt to be appointed to a key post with the city's asylum seekers project. Instead the job went to a woman who was less qualified and performed poorly at her job interview.

Both took their cases to employment tribunals and won, only to have the decisions overturned when the council appealed. However, the Court of Session has quashed these and ruled that there was discrimination against both men.

Dhesi, who applied for the asylum seeker project in 2000, said he had since left the council's employment in disgust.

Following the ruling, equality campaigners have demanded that the city review its employment procedures.

"The court's findings should be a wake-up call to every public authority in Scotland," Ali Jarvis, interim director of the Commission for Racial Equality Scotland said.

Bvunzai who had accused his employers of discrimination after he failed to get a job as unit manager at a residential care home for the elderly, was awarded compensation of€48,681 by a previous tribunal, while Dhesi received €6173.

First Published: Dec 06, 2005 16:56 IST