Former VIP protection officer awarded over £450,000 by employment tribunal

The ex-officer took Cleveland Police to an employment tribunal over race discrimination

A former VIP protection officer who took Cleveland Police to an employment tribunal over claims of racial discrimination, has won his case and been awarded £457,664 in damages.

The employment tribunal ruled last year that Nadeem Saddique, who in the past was responsible for guarding members of the Royal Family, George Bush and Tony Blair, was subjected to race discrimination and victimisation from colleagues and senior officers with whom he worked with.

Former VIP officer wins employment tribunal case over race discrimination

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Over the past two days, a remedy hearing has been underway in Teesside, to determine how much compensation PC Saddique should be awarded.

Mr Saddique’s barrister, Joanne Woodward, argued that the case was one of the worst to be brought before the court, partly down to the conduct of Cleveland Police when Mr Saddique fist complained to his superiors and as a result tried for £628,000 in compensation.

“There was a professional standards old guard who didn’t think race discrimination was important and branded all complainants as liars, money grabbers or deluded,” said barrister Woodward.

Richard Oulton, for Cleveland Police, claims that the force has listened to the findings of the tribunal and efforts are being made to change things. He said: “There was a sincere and full and early apology.”

“We have reviewed many of our policies as a result of this case and as part of our Everyone Matters project have delivered training sessions on equality, diversity and human rights and cultural awareness to the wider organisation,” said a spokesperson for Cleveland Police.

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