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Challenging racial discrimination in the workplace

Published: 8 April 2024

Last updated: 8 April 2024

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Case details

Protected Characteristic Race, Religion or belief
Types of equality claim Direct discrimination, Harassment
Court or tribunal Employment Tribunal
Case state Concluded
Our involvement Legal assistance (section 28 of the Equality Act 2006)
Outcome Settlement
Areas of life Education, Work

Case name: Waqas Rai v Micropathology Ltd.


Micropathology Ltd, based in Coventry, sacked Waqas Rai, 23, without notice on 31 December 2021.

Months after his dismissal, Mr Rai’s former manager gave a university lecture which was recorded and uploaded online. In the recording, the manager could be heard openly discussing the reasons for Mr Rai’s dismissal and saying he thought he had been ‘radicalised’.

In later correspondence with the university, the manager explicitly compared Mr Rai to ‘the man who killed the MP in Southend’, saying his ‘very intelligent’ but ‘totally passive’ behaviour was an indication that he had been radicalised. Sir David Amess MP was killed in 2021 by Ali Harbi Ali, who was convicted of murder and the preparation of terrorist acts.

Why we were involved

We supported the case through our fund for race discrimination cases, part of our Legal Support Scheme – ensuring those who may struggle to access justice have the opportunity to do so.

What we did

We provided funding to support the case.

What happened

Mr Rai’s discrimination claim against his former employer was taken to an employment tribunal, but the parties settled before a final hearing. The settlement does not contain an admission of liability on the part of Micropathology Ltd, but they have published a public statement regarding the case and committed to carrying out equality and diversity training. Mr Rai also received a financial settlement from Micropathology Ltd.

Who will benefit

The case received significant media attention following our communications activities. The case raised the profile of the action employers may face if they are alleged to be racially discriminatory towards their employees.

Date of hearing

21 December 2022

Date concluded

8 January 2024

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