Comedian's mother loses Hilton Hotel race claim case

Comedian Richard Blackwood and his mother Juliette Giscombe
Image caption Juliette Giscombe had worked at the central London hotel for 10 years

Comedian Richard Blackwood's mother has lost a claim for racial discrimination against the Hilton Hotel.

Juliette Giscombe, 57, also claimed unfair dismissal from her job of 10 years as a telephonist at its flagship hotel in Park Lane in central London.

Ms Giscombe, from Streatham, south London, accused the hotel of recruiting black staff for back-room roles only.

But a central London employment tribunal unanimously ruled all her claims had failed and were dismissed.

Ms Giscombe, a mother-of-two, claimed the hotel did not recruit black staff to work in front-of-house positions where they would be "visible to the public".

The tribunal said: "We did not find the claim that there was a policy of keeping BME (black and minority ethnic) staff out of sight to be made out."

A Hilton Worldwide spokeswoman said at the time of the tribunal hearing last year that it was "dedicated" to being an equal opportunities employer and placed a strong emphasis on diversity and inclusion.

"We are proud of our commitment to team member development, nurturing and rewarding talent across all races and genders," she said.

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