I suffered numerous instances of religious discrimination at my workplace
The client, Ayesha*, suffered numerous instances of religious discrimination at her workplace. This included staff events where Ayesha had expressed on numerous that due to her religious beliefs, she did not want to attend events or venues that involved heavy drinking, such as pubs and horse races. On one occasion, Ayesha’s manager responded to her absence by stating that she is a “minority” and therefore there is nothing that can be done about it. On another occasion, where Ayesha politely declined an invite as it was hosted in a pub, her manager commented: “that’s good, more money for us to spend on alcohol.”
During the course of her employment, Ayesha has suffered from instances of depression, anxiety, as well as two miscarriages. She has received counselling sessions that were directly triggered by the treatment she had endured in her workplace.
When Ayesha had started proceedings at the employment tribunal, the IRU assisted her by drafting key documentation, such as the schedule of losses, formalising witness statements, and allocating a lawyer from an external pro bono representation service to go through the mediation process. It was found in the witness statement that Ayesha’s manager had on several occasions made derogatory remarks, such as “Baghdad bomber” and “you better watch out if she is wearing a rucksack!”, insinuating that she may be carrying a bomb.
Following judicial mediation, Ayesha successfully secured a settlement from her company, and remarked: “I would not have gone as far as I did, without the continuous support from the IRU”.
* Name changed for the purpose of this article