Black man wins €30k for racial discrimination after being allegedly subjected to monkey noises by boss

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A BLACK man allegedly subjected to monkey noises by his boss has been awarded €30,000 for racial discrimination.

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Nigerian native Victor Kings Oluebube also claimed his team leader called him a chimpanzee.

The Labour Court decision reverses an earlier ruling by the Workplace Relations Commission which dismissed the claim

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The Labour Court decision reverses an earlier ruling by the Workplace Relations Commission which dismissed the claimCredit: Alamy

Labour Court deputy chair Alan Haugh ordered recruitment firm CPL Solutions Ltd to pay €30,000 to Mr Kings Oluebube.

At the time of the alleged racist behaviour, he was an agency worker assigned by the firm to Kuehne & Nagel as a warehouse operative.

It’s alleged his manager called him a chimp and made monkey noises and gestures in front of a number of co-workers in late February 2019.

And it’s claimed the team leader repeated the racist abuse on May 21, 2019, in front of colleagues.

LIABLE FOR HARASSMENT

He notified the warehouse manager who in turn told Dublin-based CPL Solutions.

Mr Haugh has ordered the human resources firm to pay out the €30,000 after finding that it “is vicariously liable for the harassment in question”.

The €30,000 award is equivalent to approximately 63 weeks’ gross pay.

The Labour Court decision reverses an earlier ruling by the Workplace Relations Commission which dismissed the claim for racial discrimination.

It found CPL Solutions could avail of a defence by showing it took steps to stop a recurrence.

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