Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Manager Clinches Pounds 112,000 in Race Case Win; Council Vows to Appeal over Tribunal Ruling

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Manager Clinches Pounds 112,000 in Race Case Win; Council Vows to Appeal over Tribunal Ruling

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Byline: Alastair Craig

AFORMER council officer has won a pounds 112,000 payout after she was racially discriminated against.

Told not to lunch with other staff, given extreme workloads, refused holidays and told she did not "fit in", this was the start of a harrowing eight months for office partnerships manager and former parish councillor Rosene Railton.

And it ended in Mrs Railton suffering panic attacks and "crying on the way to work", an employment tribunal in Newcastle heard last month.

Her ex-employer has now been hit with the six-figure compensation bill for racial discrimination, but has vowed to appeal.

Mrs Railton, of Wylam, Northumberland, a former councillor in the village, said the ordeal "sucked the life from her".

The 43-year-old left work at County Hall, Morpeth, for the last time in August 2006, after stress and depression forced her into sick leave she would never return from.

A tribunal panel found in her favour, judging that she had been discriminated against on the grounds of her race.

And this week they ordered the payment of pounds 111,669 in damages from County Hall.

"I did not think I was different until I went to Northumberland County Council," Mrs Railton told the hearing.

"It has been emotionally draining, it sucked the life out of me and I'm tired, emotional and always crying.

"Now people look at me, I am black. I was made to feel like I was different.

"It upset me that there are people out there who treat you like this and have these thoughts about you.

"As a result of the lengthy internal investigation and tribunal proceedings, I have job I loved, was very have become extremely ill. I have become incapable of doing a job I loved, and one which I was very successful at.

"At this moment in time I don't see how I will ever be in a position to return to work, although I hope I can. …

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