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6 I LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS Passion Islam I October 2008
Senior Muslim woman
officer in race claim
A senior Muslim woman in Britain’s
largest police force is poised to bring a
race discrimination claim, it has been
The Metropolitan Police’s head of
diversity Yasmin Rehman is set to launch
an employment tribunal case claiming
she has suffered racist bullying and
It comes just days after the most senior
Muslim officer in the Met and 2012 Olympics
security chief, Assistant Commissioner
Tarique Ghaffur, was suspended over his
own race discrimination claims.
Ms Rehman is a civilian worker at
Mr Sir Ian Blair has resigned from his post
the Met but is understood to have won
have not received any notification of any within hours of the Met announcing
the backing of the Metropolitan Black
action.” his suspension, Mr Ghaffur, 53, accused
Police Association (MBPA), which is also
Head of the Society of Black Lawyers, the force of committing “wilful acts of
representing Mr Ghaffur.
Peter Herbert, said of the latest reported victimisation” against him because of his
Neither Ms Rehman nor the MBPA
race case: “It is of serious concern, complaints of racism against the force.
were available for comment.
particularly if it indicates that a pattern is Met Commissioner Sir Ian Blair said
Ms Rehman, the force’s Director of
developing. the suspension of Mr Ghaffur was a
Partnerships and Diversity, is believed to
“If black and minority staff are response to his “personal conduct” in
have been on stress-related sick leave for
bringing a series of legal actions that holding a televised press conference and
a year.
would suggest there is a failure within the had nothing to do with the decision to take
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “We
organisation.” the force to an employment tribunal.
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