Royal Mail tribunal payout over racism at Blackburn depot

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A former Royal Mail postal worker who was sacked after complaining about colleagues' racism has been awarded compensation at an employment tribunal.

The Manchester tribunal heard Abdul Musa was dismissed from the Blackburn depot after he was seen as a "problem".

One worker was sacked and others disciplined following his complaints, but Mr Musa himself was then dismissed in 2007, the tribunal was told.

A Royal Mail spokesman said the firm has no room for racism.

It has been ordered to pay Mr Musa an undisclosed amount of compensation.

'Sent to Coventry'

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) supported Mr Musa's claim of victimisation following his complaints of racist behaviour in 2006.

The tribunal heard he was "sent to Coventry" after his complaints led to another worker being sacked.

An internal investigation was held into his complaints, leading to disciplinary cases being taken against several other workers, and later Mr Musa was dismissed.

The case was heard at the start of 2012, with the settlement being announced earlier on Tuesday.

John Wadham, general counsel for the EHRC, said: "The Equality Act protects people from being victimised for making complaints about any form of discrimination in the workplace.

"It also says employers have a responsibility to take complaints seriously and to put a stop to discrimination."

A Royal Mail spokesman said: "There is no room in Royal Mail for racism or any other form of discrimination.

"We are committed to investigating any complaint of discrimination fairly and thoroughly."

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