Security guard's win in race discrimination case
A BRISTOL security guard has won a race discrimination case against an employment agency which told him he could not work for Avon and Somerset Constabulary because he was not a British citizen.
Dutch national Axmad Muxumed, 36, who lives in Strawbridge Road, Barton Hill, visited the offices of recruitment company Adecco last October to apply for a security job working at the force's headquarters in Portishead.
Mr Muxumed, who now works for Securitas at various locations around the city, said: "The recruitment consultant told me only British citizens could apply and sent me away.
"I immediately knew this was not right – I came to the UK in 2003 and have held many jobs in the security industry.
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"I moved to Holland as an asylum seeker from Somalia as a 13-year-old and have never had this kind of problem before.
"The incident left me feeling stressed – I knew it wasn't right, so I went to Support Against Racist Incidents (Sari) in Bristol.
"There it was confirmed that what the recruitment consultant had said was indeed not true.
"The Police Authority does not restrict applications to only British Citizens.
"Sari referred me to Avon and Bristol Law Centre in Stokes Croft who helped me make a claim."
An employment tribunal recently concluded that the recruitment consultant's comment was ill-advised and was discrimination on the grounds of Mr Muxumed's race.
It found he had clearly been rejected by Adecco because of his nationality.
The tribunal also expressed concerns that Adecco's systems kept no record of reasons for rejection of job applicants during the early stages of their application process.
Will Stone, the solicitor from Avon and Bristol Law Centre who represented Mr Muxumed, said: "We are delighted that Mr Muxumed has won his case.
"No one should be prevented from applying for a job because of their nationality or race.
"That is race discrimination and has been illegal for nearly 40 years.
"If you think you've experienced discrimination, don't put up with it."
A spokesman for Adecco said the company had no comment on the case. A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Constabulary said: "Avon and Somerset Police welcomes applications from all of our communities and does not discriminate on the basis of race or other factors such as age, disability or faith.
"A diverse workforce helps us to better reflect the communities we serve and the help we can give people when they need our support."