A Dundee man is to receive £31,000 in compensation after being unfairly dismissed from his job due to claims he was racist towards another employee.
Roderick Wilson, from the Maryfield area, worked for British Telecommunications between 1998 and February of this year, where he was employed as a customer services adviser at Telephone House in Dundee.
But his career was thrown into turmoil when he was accused of being racist towards a member of staff on four occasions and was then sacked.
Now, a judge has slammed BT for its “woeful failures in investigation” to determine whether Mr Wilson had done anything wrong and has ordered them to pay £31,323.12 in compensation.
BT’s investigation was so flawed that one of the alleged incidents was said to have happened on a date when Mr Wilson wasn’t even at work.
Employment judge Ian McFatridge said there was “also a failure to interview crucial witnesses” to the incidents.
He added that “a number of quite outrageous remarks are made without any foundations”.
Judge McFatridge stated that a centre manager called Ahdeel Mahboob and general manager Rachel Hancock who dealt with the allegations against Mr Wilson “approached the issue with a closed mind”.
He added: “No matter what, they would be finding the allegations against the claimant proven and dismissing him.”
Mr Wilson’s solicitor, Ryan Russell, of Muir Myles Laverty, said: “The judgment is damning.
“It is absolutely shocking that my client was treated in this way after so many years of unblemished service.
“I imagine that BT will want to investigate this matter further given the findings of the tribunal.
“There is still to be another hearing to award further compensation and I am seeking the legal costs of my client also.”
Mr Wilson declined to comment when approached by the Tele.
A spokesman for BT said: “BT employed Rod Wilson as a customer services adviser. BT dismissed Mr Wilson due to gross misconduct.
“The tribunal found that the dismissal was unfair due to failures in the investigation process. BT is taking legal advice on the prospects of an appeal.”