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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Employment tribunal winners not seeing money they’re awarded

A third of claimants who win their case at an employment tribunal never see any of the money awarded to them

 

Thousands of employees who’ve won their claim at an employment tribunal, have not yet seen the money they were awarded in compensation.

The UK government maintains that the problem is being looked into and that employers not willing to pay are being forced to do so. However, new data shows that all attempts by the government to make firms ‘pay up’ are so far not working and many claimants are left not knowing where to turn to for help.

The Guardian spoke to Grahame Healiss, aged 27, who was sacked from his call centre job in Liverpool after reporting that his girlfriend was being sexually harassed by one of the team leaders.

The case went before a tribunal, the couple won and they were awarded damages of £40,000 but eight months later, still no payment. Before the final hearing, the company they worked for, M&R Marketing, went into liquidation and thus avoided their liability, a common ploy used by many companies which needs to be addressed by the government.

According to a spokesperson for the government’s Insolvency Service, there are thousands of cases like this one happening every week across the UK but it’s very difficult to prove that the companies involved are going out of business on purpose, just to avoid paying out money awarded.

Government data revealed that over one third of winning claimants never receive any of their awarded compensation and less than half receive payment in full.

“Too many employees who win cases don’t get the money they’re owed. The government must take tough action on employers who refuse to pay up,” said Frances O’Grady, TUC general secretary.

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