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Tribunal judge finds no evidence of racism or unfair dismissal

Croydon LBC and its chief executive Katherine Kerswell have been cleared of allegations of racial discrimination by an employment tribunal, brought by a former council director.

Ms HS was one of four executives who were suspended in February 2021 by the then-new council CEO, Kerswell, while their part in the council’s multi-million-pound financial collapse was to be investigated. No disciplinary action has ever been taken against any of them: three quit their Croydon jobs that year (a fourth never returned from long-term sick leave).

Ms HS did not resign until September 2022, and she embarked on a grievance counteraction against the council for race discrimination, victimisation and unlawful reduction in wages. She also made a separate racism complaint against Kerswell individually.

Now, following a three-week hearing, employment tribunal Judge Adam Leith has dismissed all claims of sex and racial discrimination, harassment and constructive and unfair dismissal against the council.

Claims against Kerswell, for racial and sexual discrimination, were also dismissed.

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