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Northumberland County Council v Railton - Tribunal decision was not perverse [2009] EAT

Mrs Railton, who is of Indian origin, claimed to have been bullied and harassed by her line manager, Mrs Patterson. She claimed that the treatment she received was racially motivated. Her internal grievances were partially upheld - and Mrs Patterson then placed Mrs Railton on the Council's capability procedure. Mrs Railton subsequently went off sick and was eventually given ill-health retirement. The Council admitted that it was responsible for any actions of Mrs Patterson as a manager, claiming simply that she had a robust style of management towards all of her staff, including a white woman comparator. Mrs Railton claimed race discrimination and victimisation, and an employment tribunal upheld her claim. She was awarded £111,668.79.

Northumberland CC appealed, claiming that the employment tribunal's decision was perverse. It lost.

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