Apology call to Guildhall

June 16, 1995

Guildhall has yet to utter a word of regret on the victimisation by managers of a black senior law lecturer (THES, June 19). The shocking thing in this is that an academic institution is involved and more moral courage to face up to these social maladies was expected.

After having been found liable under the Race Relations Act, even blue-collar employers have paid full compensation to a victim - sometimes four or five-fold the amount a tribunal may award - and have restored his/her lost career opportunities.

Members of our society are deeply disturbed by the limits of remedial powers of industrial tribunals. Promotion opportunities, howsoever destroyed (and in Dr Majid's case robbed by deliberate acts of bad faith) cannot mandatorily be restituted by a tribunal. The Government should correct this as it allows a bad employer to continue the victimisation of an employee who has judicially established that he was unfairly deprived of promotion.

Makbool Javaid

Chair

Society of Black Lawyers

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