The British Refugee Council which works with individuals from all parts of the world would ordinarily be the last place one would expect racial discrimination to raise its ugly head. However, Zaina Ukwaju won a discrimination case against the Council as did her colleague, Nigerianborn Eammanuel Obikwu. A Tribunal ruled the Refugee Council was guilty of racial discrimination after it fired the only two black employees on its staff. One of the individual’s who was fired noted the Council’s operation manageer, Anne-Marie Leech, did not fire anyone who attended a party at her house and for some reason the black employees were not invited.
As in all such cases, the British Council assured one and all, “we have reviewed our procedures to ensure all staff are treated equally and fairly.” Has anyone thought about reviewing procedures BEFORE firing the only black people on your staff!!