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Ex-Met officer loses £144,000 'racism' case

TRIBUNAL: Former Metropolitan police officer Carol Howard has lost her case against the IPCC

CAROL HOWARD, the former Metropolitan Police officer who accused the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) of discrimination and harassment, has lost her case against the watchdog.

Howard lost her £144,000 tribunal claim after the Central London Employment Tribunal heard that she made complaints of victimisation and prejudice whenever she was unhappy at work.

Judge Joanna Wade dismissed all 33 allegations that Howard made against the IPCC.

Wade said: “We are left with the uncomfortable conclusion that the claimant has an unshakeable but incorrect belief that if she does not like what is happening or is prevented from doing the work she chooses, this is discrimination [or] victimisation.”

The judge was told that Howard, a former firearms officer, lost her role with the watchdog after underperforming and falsifying timesheets.

The 39-year-old mother told the tribunal that black and ethnic minority IPCC officers were “treated differently” from their white counterparts and experienced a “hostile working environment”.

Howard also claimed that she was treated as an “embarrassment” and prevented from getting involved in investigations.

The IPCC, which has since been replaced by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), refuted Howard’s accusations.

Michael Lockwood, IOPC director general, said: “I am very pleased with the judgment. We maintained throughout the tribunal that the claimant’s accusations were without foundation and this judgment vindicates our position.

“We will continue to listen to our staff to ensure they have an environment where they feel supported and able to reach their full potential.”

Howard, who was one of two black officers and 12 women in a 700-strong diplomatic protection group, was awarded a £37,000 payout from the Met in 2015 after she said that she was bullied.

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