Victoria von Wachter successfully defends Total Gas & Power against a claim of race discrimination following Ice-T dispute
Victoria von Wachter successfully defended a case of alleged racial harassment and victimisation 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 of appearance 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. The Tribunal was asked whether this constituted 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.
Victoria successfully defended all the heads of claim.
The Claimant recently featured in the tabloids regarding the case. Read the article here.
Victoria specialises in employment law advising a wide range of clients with notable experience acting for the police in disciplinary matters. Victoria’s main areas of practice are employment and discrimination law. Click here to view her full profile.