Met officer Kevin Maxwell wins discrimination case
- 20 February 2012
- From the section London
A gay black police officer has won his case of racial and sexual orientation discrimination against Scotland Yard.
Det Con Kevin Maxwell, 33, who serves in the Metropolitan Police's counter terrorism command, won his case at Reading Employment Tribunal.
He was targeted while working at Heathrow Airport, before July 2009, the tribunal heard.
Scotland Yard said it was disappointed at the tribunal's findings and would launch an internal investigation.
The investigation will be supervised by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), it added.
The tribunal found Mr Maxwell, a serving officer of 10 years, was subjected to direct discrimination, harassment and victimisation.
Mr Maxwell was exposed to racist and homophobic comments from other officers and seniors during duty and training sessions, causing an offensive environment to work in.
It was then continued by his line managers whilst he was off sick from duty, as a result of depression, which he argued was caused by the treatment he received from the force.
The tribunal also found that, in July 2010, an officer in the Met deliberately leaked a "distorted account" of the details of his claim to the Sun newspaper, part of News International.
Solicitor Simon Cuthbert, who represented Mr Maxwell throughout his case, said: "Such practices and behaviour have no place in a modern police service.
"This welcome judgment represents a positive step in rooting out any remaining prejudice in the force."
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "We are disappointed at the tribunal's findings in favour of Detective Constable Maxwell on nine counts.
"However, this must be viewed in the context that he made over 100 allegations to the employment tribunal.
"The tribunal's decision is 113 pages and this needs now to be given full and careful consideration."