A Muslim Tesco worker is suing the supermarket chain for harassment and Islamophobic race discrimination after a colleague “broke wind in his face”.
Atif Masood, 42, from Pakistan, is a customer assistant at a branch in Thornton Heath, London, is demanding £20,000 — he insists in-store CCTV captured the moment of the offending fart and it amounted to “bullying”.
He says he has not received an apology, and that Tesco has not investigated his complaint properly. Mr Masood claims it was one of a number of acts of less favourable treatment he suffered because of his Muslim background.
In legal papers submitted to the London South employment tribunal, Mr Masood claims there was “too much racism” in the Thornton Heath store, and felt he was discriminated against by colleagues because he was Pakistani.
Mr Masood, through his lawyers, Rahman Lowe Solicitors, alleges it amounted to “unwanted conduct which had the purpose or effect of violating his dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating and/or offensive” [situation], and in the “act of breaking wind in the claimant’s face, a smelly environment for him because of his race”.
In papers submitted to the tribunal, Tesco denied all the claims on behalf of all those accused. Tesco also said in the papers that Mr Masood failed to substantiate his allegations and that his grievance appeal was dismissed after “due consideration”.
Tesco dismissed his complaint in February saying it found no evidence of race discrimination and statements were made as “a joke”. A hearing is due to take place next year, 2019.
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