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Nigerian employee awarded €30,000 over racism at workplace

A Nigerian national has been awarded €30,000 over racist incidents that he experienced while at work.

Victor Kings Oluebube became subject to racial abuse by his team leader, who called him a chimpanzee and directed monkey noises towards him on two separate incidents.

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Deputy chairman of the Labour Court Alan Haugh ordered recruitment firm CPL Solutions LTD to award €30,000 to Mr. Oluebube under the Employment Equality Acts for racial discrimination.

He ordered the company to award the money after finding that the firm is “vicariously liable” for the harassment in question.

Mr. Haugh said that the redress should be dissuasive and proportionate to the injuries that Oluebube suffered, with the €30,000 equating to 63 weeks’ gross pay.

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Back in June 2020, The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) dismissed Mr. Oluebube’s claim of racial discrimination after CPL Solutions was able to avail of a defence under the Employment Equality Acts that it initiated steps to reverse the effects of harassment and to prevent a reoccurrence.

However, the case came before the Labour Court following an appeal by Mr. Oluebube against the WRC ruling.

Mr. Haugh stated that CPL Solutions was not able to avail of legal defences to racial harassment under the Employment Equality Acts after evidence revealed that no steps were taken to reverse the effects of the racial harassment.

IMAGE – “Criminal Courts of Justice, Dublin.” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by infomatique

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