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£9,900 awarded to employee after Director said she looked like a “curry muncher”

Makbool Javaid

In Noreen v Recruitment Finder Limited, N, who is of British Pakistani ethnic origin and a Muslim, worked as a recruitment consultant. Throughout her employment the company’s Director, Mr Clarke, made derogatory comments to her about her race and religion. This was not constant, but common, and was worse in the last year or so. She was ‘lumped’ in the phrase “You Pakis”, her adherence to fasting during Ramadan was described as a “lot of b******s to me”, the food she brought from home, even a pasta dish, was referred to as “curry” and it was said that she looked like a “curry muncher.” N felt unable to do anything about this behaviour because she feared for her job. An ET upheld N’s claims of discrimination because of race and religion or belief and awarded her £7,500 for injury to her feelings and interest in the sum of £2,408.

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