Comedian's mother loses Hilton Hotel race claim case
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.