Sikh policeman in London wins another compensation for victimisation

June 3rd, 2008 - 5:51 pm ICT by IANS  

London, June 3 (IANS) A tenacious Sikh policeman who successfully sued London’s Metropolitan Police for racism six years ago has now won a 70,000-pound compensation for victimisation - his third payout in a continuing battle for equality and honour. Sergeant Gurpal Virdi was reinstated and won an apology along with a compensation of 240,000 pounds in 2002 when he was dismissed after being wrongly accused of sending racist mail to black and Asian colleagues.

Intent on clearing his name, he then sued the Daily Mail and won a 150,000-pound award in 2007 for an article published about him in April 2006.

Virdi returned to court in 2006 to bring a new case against the Metropolitan Police, saying although he had been reinstated, the force was now blocking his opportunities for promotion.

“The evidence that I have is that the Metropolitan Police is reluctant to move on, racism still exists and there is a lack of opportunities for people like me to move up the ranks,” he said at the time.

An employment tribunal ruled in October 2007 that Virdi was victimised when he was turned down for promotion to detective inspector in 2005.

It found that his application was treated “less favourably” as he had taken previous legal action against the police force.

The tribunal Monday awarded him 8,779 pounds for injury to feelings, and 61,620 pounds for loss of earnings and pensions.

The Metropolitan Police have appealed against the tribunal’s ruling.

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