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England and Wales: Amnesty International Worker Wins Discrimination Case

(Oct. 9, 2009) An employment tribunal upheld a claim by a worker for Amnesty International that she was discriminated against on the basis of race and ethnic origin. The worker, a Sudanese national, had applied for a promotion as a Sudanese researcher for the organization but was unsuccessful due to concerns that “her ethnic origin would compromise its perceived impartiality and would expose her to a safety risk when visiting Sudan and Eastern Chad.” (Safety Concern Irrelevant in Race Discrimination, TIMESONLINE (London), Oct. 6, 2009, available at http://businss.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/law/reports/article6862102
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.) The tribunal held that this reason was not in compliance with the provisions of the Race Relations Act 1976 and constituted unlawful discrimination. (Id.; Race Relations Act 1976, c. 74, The UK Statute Law Database, http://www.statutelaw.gov.uk/content.aspx?ActiveTextDocId=2059995 (last visited Oct. 7, 2009).)