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Over £450,000 for discriminated police officer

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A police officer who was victimised by Cleveland Police has been awarded over £450,000 at Teesside Magistrates Court.

Nadeem Saddique worked for Cleveland Police and guarded Tony Blair and members of the Royal Family. At a hearing in November last year he was successful in claiming direct discrimination and victimisation against the force. The Middlesbrough born officer was not successful in a claim of harassment under the Equality Act.

Today Mr Saddique was awarded £457,664.

Mr Saddique joined the police in 1991 and served in the VIP protection unit looking after politicians and Royalty. The ruling in 2015 found that he was directly discriminated against and victimised - but didn't uphold claims he'd been harassed over his race.

In 2011 Mr Saddique was pressurised to join the motorcycle unit but as a result it meant he would lose his authorised firearms officer status. The following January he tried to regain his VIP protection qualification but was prevented from doing so. He put forward a series of grievances to employers and was dissatisfied with their handling of the complaints.

At the time of the ruling the Chief Constable at the time Jacqui Cheer said:

A Cleveland Police spokesperson they have delivered equality, diversity and human rights training sessions in the wake of the case.

“We are aware of the outcome of the remedy hearing and following the judgement apologised to Mr Saddique for the treatmen the received as an employee of Cleveland Police, as outlined in the Employment Tribunal.

“We have reviewed many of our policies as a result of this case and as part of our Everyone Matters project have delivered training sessions on equality, diversity and human rights and cultural awareness to the wider organisation.

“We are saddened that Mr Saddique is unable to progress his career as a police officer and wish him well for the future.

“The IPCC investigation into the case is continuing therefore it would be inappropriate to comment on this aspect of the case at this stage.”

Today in a statement PC Nadeem Saddique said the whole process had taken a serious toll on his family:

This has been a lengthy and extremely difficult process, which has taken a serious toll on my health and my family. I never wanted it to go as far as a tribunal, but after experiencing problems with discrimination for a number of years within the force and exhausting all avenues internally without success, I had to do something. I hope the hearing this week will finally enable me to put the whole episode behind me. I would like to thank my family and friends for their continued support throughout this ordeal, as well as my colleagues who stood up for me during the process and my Police Federation representative, Alex Duncan, for supporting my case.

– PC Nadeem Saddique

Mr Saddique’s employment lawyer, Clare Armstrong, from Slater and Gordon, said:

This outcome reflects the seriousness of the offences and the impact it has had on PC Saddique and his career.

PC Saddique was a dedicated police officer in the force but he was subjected to terrible treatment for years and his career derailed simply because of the colour of his skin. It is very clear that the force needs to take steps in order to give the public confidence this will not happen again.”

– Clare Armstrong, Slater and Gordon