Worker told ‘white people wouldn’t want to be buried next to Muslim’ wins £6,000
A crematorium worker won £6,000 compensation after a colleague allegedly said “white people wouldn’t want to be buried next to a Muslim”.
Admin officer Lehla Aboulossoud was awarded the payout after suing her bosses over a rant by Dawn Squires.
Her remarks came at a Greenwich council meeting about cemeteries in Eltham, South East London.
Referring to a local burial ground, parks chief Mrs Squires allegedly said: “Do Kemnal Park really think the residents of Bromley would want to be buried next to a Muslim?
“No offence to the Muslim community but that’s what the Muslims do, they move in and take over.”
Mrs Squires was sent on a diversity training course after Ms Aboulossoud – whose late father was a Muslim – made a formal complaint and the case ended up at an employment tribunal.
They said Mrs Squires had said words to the effect of “white people would not want their loved ones buried next to Muslims.”
The tribunal found the comments on January 8, 2016 did not “violate the claimant’s dignity” but were “derogatory of Muslim people”.
The panel also criticised the council for lacking diversity guidelines and ordered additional training.
Councillor Christine Grice said: “We investigate all allegations of discrimination, harassment, victimisation and bullying. The recommendations from the tribunal have all been implemented.
“We have reviewed our human resources support, and rolled out comprehensive training for all staff.”
At her home near Maidstone, Kent, Mrs Squires said she had been on a diversity course but denied making the remarks reported at the tribunal.
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