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UK: Sikh woman cop wins compensation for racial discrimination

July 28, 2009 19:03 IST

In a victory against racism, a Sikh woman police officer is set to get 'a five figure compensation' after a tribunal ruled out that she had suffered racial and religious discrimination during her training. An employment tribunal in Reading found that Amandeep Kaur Grewal had suffered racist and religious discrimination during her training with the Metropolitan Police. The 38-year-old has now applied for a payout, which could reach five figures, the Daily Telegraph reported on Tuesday.

Grewal, who is of Indian origin, said she was singled out for criticism by her trainer, Police Constable Lucinda Rigby. Grewal said that Rigby was "excessive" in supervising her safety training and that her application of handcuffs was checked more often than that of other students. The tribunal found that Grewal had been unfairly targeted, given negative feed back and over supervised during her training and upheld two of her complaints. "Of the 17 complaints dealt with in the judgement, only two were upheld. These were one allegation of unlawful discrimination and another unlawful racial and religious discrimination by way of victimisation, a Metropolitan police spokesman said. " All other claims including victim's claim of harassment, were dismissed", he said.

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