This page contains press release 41/00, which announces that the MPS has been ordered to pay compensation to Virdi
and that the MPA
are considering appeal.
Gurpal Virdi - MPA to consider appeal
8 December 2000
Today the Metropolitan Police Service was ordered to pay Gurpal Virdi
£151,688 in compensation following an Employment Tribunal earlier this year in which Mr Virdi
alleged racial discrimination.
"The re-instatement of Mr Virdi
was undoubtedly a step in the process of moving forward and shows that we can continue to build on the positive changes taking place in the Met.
"The MPA Inquiry will also be concerned with looking forward, ensuring such investigations in the future are conducted fairly and have the confidence of everyone concerned."
was dismissed by the MPS earlier this year after a police disciplinary tribunal unanimously found him guilty of having distributed racist literature to other ethnic colleagues in the Met.
Subsequently Mr Virdi
went to Employment Tribunal alleging racial discrimination, including the way in which the investigation was conducted.
On 23 August 2000 the Tribunal found that the Met had discriminated against him.
On 30 November Mr Virdi
appealed successfully against the decision of the disciplinary tribunal and was re-instated in the Met.
Notes to editors
The sum of £151,688 comprises Tribunal award of £149,688 plus agreed overtime payment of £2000 (period April 1998 - December 2000) had Mr Virdi
not been suspended from duty.