Nuffield Health to face tribunal over race discrimination and harassment claims

An employment tribunal will hear claims of race discrimination and harrassment against the healthcare charity Nuffield Health next year.

The judge decided to let the case proceed despite a late filing by the complainant.

Leanora Harper, who joined the charity as a personal trainer in 2017, told the tribunal that she was bullied between January and May 2019. She said this led to her resignation in August 2020.

The Equality Act states that complaints will normally only be considered by a tribunal if they are brought within three months of the event to which the complaint relates. But after assessing Harper’s statements, the employment judge decided it was “just and equitable to extend the time for the presentation of the claim”.

In her submission to the tribunal, Harper described issues with her line manager that she said included bullying, being asked to create fraudulent [health] MOTs and micromanagement.

She added that colleagues made remarks about her race, which included comments such as: “I smell black people.”

Court documents show that Harper raised a grievance in 2019 but the internal investigation was not completed. The documents do not say why it was not concluded.

The tribunal concluded that the events that occurred between January and May 2019 would be added to Harper’s claim.

Nuffield Health did not provide a full response ahead of Third Sector’s publication deadline.

The hearing will take place between 29 and 31 March 2023.

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