Custom Search 1

Female officer quits after discrimination case is finalised

BULLIED: Firearms officer Carol Howard

A BLACK female police officer who was awarded a payout after a race and sex discrimination claim against the Metropolitan Police, has quit the force.

Carol Howard, 35, resigned after reaching a final settlement with the Met to bring a lengthy legal battle to a close.

The Met said it "deeply regrets" the impact of the discrimination on Howard, who was a poster girl for the force in the 2012 Olympics.

In a statement confirming the final settlement, Scotland Yard said: "The MPS deeply regrets the impact the discriminatory conduct had on PC Howard, and wants to stress there is no room in the Met for racism and sexism or victimisation.

"The MPS said in September 2014 that it wanted PC Howard to have a successful career in the Met and would fully support her return to work.

"After discussions with PC Howard in the past few days, it has become clear, to the disappointment of PC Howard and the MPS that she does not wish to continue her career in the Met.

"The MPS respects PC Howard’s decision and wishes her well in the future."

Last year, an employment tribunal awarded the firearms officer £37,000 after she sued the force having been targeted in a "malicious" and "vindictive" campaign of race and sex discrimination.

Howard was intimidated by acting inspector Dave Kelly who spied on her through Facebook after she called in sick and often scolded her in front of other senior officers.

The tribunal panel commended the Met appoint an independent figure to carry out a full review of its internal Fairness At Work complaints system.

In particular, it found an internal grievance policy which refused to consider findings of discrimination was “appalling and wholly unacceptable” for any employer, “let alone a large public sector employer.”

The tribunal ordered Howard, an officer in the elite Diplomatic Protection Group, should get “aggravated” damages because she had suffered additional distress due to the actions of one officer which it concluded were “malicious, vindictive and spiteful”.

The tribunal found she had been unfairly targeted by Kelly, who has since been transferred to the traffic division.

There was also criticism that Howard had not received an apology either from the Met or from chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe.

The Met was criticised for failing to disclose crucial evidence until the first day of the tribunal hearing and in general its conduct was found to be “insulting, malicious and oppressive.”

The Central London Employment Tribunal found Howard had been “singled out and targeted” by her senior officer and that the Met “directly discriminated” “on the grounds of sex and race.”

Subscribe to The Voice database!

We'd like to keep in touch with you regarding our daily newsletter, Voice competitions, promotions and marketing material and to further increase our reach with The Voice readers.

If interested, please click the below button to complete the subscription form.

We will never sell your data and will keep it safe and secure.

For further details visit our privacy policy.

You have the right to withdraw at any time, by clicking 'Unsubscribe'.

Facebook Comments