This is the second successful race discrimination claim that Mr Virdi
has brought against the Force
- in 2000 he
was awarded Â£125,000 by an Employment Tribunal.
Mr Virdi applied for promotion to Detective Inspector in 2005, at a time when the Met Police had a shortage of officers at this rank.
However, the Tribunal noted that Mr Virdi
- who turns 50 later on this year and is set to retire in 2012 following 30 years service - is unlikely to get another chance for promotion and therefore awarded the bulk of the damages to compensate the considerable loss of future earnings and pension payments that he
will endure as a result of the victimisation.
Arpita Dutt, Mr Virdi's
solicitor, from the award-winning Employment Law Team at Russell Jones & Walker comments:
"Following a record race discrimination payout to Mr Virdi
in 2001 and having been subject to the Virdi inquiry in 2002 and 2004 and Morris inquiry in 2004 it is disconcerting that the MPS
has failed to properly implement recommendations and learn lessons to prevent the repeat victimisation of Mr Virdi
career progression has been blocked by the actions of senior officers in the Metropolitan Police Service.
It is significant that the Tribunal considered, not only future earnings, but also the pension payments he
would have received if he
had retired as a Detective Inspector.
I am delighted that he
has received just compensation."
Background to the case
Mr Virdi joined the Metropolitan Police Service on 10 May 1982 as a Police Constable.
He is now a Detective Sergeant but has not had smooth employment with the force.
In August 2000 Mr Virdi
won a claim of race discrimination against the Met following his
dismissal from duty.
was reinstated in November 2000 and recommenced duties in February 2002.
After receiving mentoring and strong support from senior officers it was agreed Mr Virdi
should aim for promotion to Detective Inspector.
therefore applied to the Force's
workplace assessment initiative.
application was endorsed by his
line manager and it was agreed he
satisfied all the criteria set out in the relevant guidance.
However, Mr Virdi's
application was then rejected by a review panel.
appealed this decision but this was also rejected.
The Employment Tribunal found that there was no doubt that Mr Virdi
application to join the initiative was treated differently to somebody who had not previously made a claim against the force - which a number of the witnesses for the Metropolitan Police
The Tribunal stated that the "appeal panel, at the very least subconsciously, was affected by their knowledge of the Claimant and the action he
Other comment on the case
Gurpal Virdi commented:
"The employment tribunal has identified three senior officers who were at the centre of this case.
If Sir Ian Blair is serious about tackling victimisation and discrimination in the ranks of the MPS
must take some form of disciplinary action as no amount of training appears to be working.
Having spent nearly ten years fighting discrimination in the Met Police, I am delighted that the Tribunal has once again decided in my favour.
With four years left to serve, I am looking forward to continuing my career with a unblemished record."
was supported by the Police Federation of England and Wales
and also represented by Counsel, Mohinderpal Sethi, of Devereux Chambers.