Victoria von Wachter litigates ‘Ice-T’ employment claim concerning alleged racial discrimination
Victoria von Wachter recently litigated in a case of alleged racial discrimination by a mixed race employee who was sent a picture of the rapper and actor Ice-T by a white colleague on grounds that there were strong similarities between the employee and the film star. The picture was of the star holding a gun and looking very stern. The employee alleged that this was a racial slur, stereotyping all black men as gangsters although he admitted at trial that Ice-T was not a gangster.
The colleague claimed that he had intended to show a similarity of appearance between Mr Chittick and the star (this was justified – they are very similar in appearance). The Tribunal was asked whether this constitutes racial harassment and was asked to consider this question addressing s26(4) Equality Act 2010 requiring the court to take into account all the circumstances of the case. The court was asked to view the alleged harassment through the lens of the Claimant calling his colleague a ‘snake’ ‘Voldemort’ and other offensive slurs. (Taj v GBM Services Ltd). The Claimant declined any attempt by the Respondent to mediate the matter choosing instead to pursue an Employment Tribunal claim followed by a grievance. The court’s decision is awaited.
The Claimant recently featured in the tabloids regarding the case. Read the article here.