Indian gets £450k payout for race bias at UK university

Feb14,2024



London: University of Portsmouth have to pay at least £450,000 For “subconscious” Discrimination “Against a female Indian academic” who speaks with a pronounced Indian accent and cadence, the Southampton Employment Tribunal said. The tribunal found that Kajal Sharma was racially discriminated against by her line manager at the university, Professor Gary Rees, after he failed to re-employ her in the same role after she had been in the job for five years for no apparent reason and without Recruited a white woman with experience. That role will replace his.
The tribunal found, “His reluctance to recognize Sharma's skills and abilities and aspirations, and his failure to support and encourage him in the same way as he had supported other members of white staff, amounted to a subconscious or unconscious bias towards Indicates.” “His failure to reappoint was an act of race discrimination”. Sharma was on a five-year contract, working as Associate Head of Organizational Studies and Human Resource Management, which ended on December 31, 2020, and she had to reapply for the post. , Rees did not tell him that the role was being advertised internally and when he was rejected and asked for feedback, no information was provided. The tribunal concluded this because “he was well aware that the process was not fair and fully transparent.”
Rees also discouraged her from applying to become a Senior Fellow and failed to provide her with support when her child was seriously ill. The tribunal found no evidence of his role being diminished.



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