ALMO faces sex and race claims
An arm’s-length management organisation is facing sexual and racial discrimination claims from a male employee who was overlooked for a management role.
Prince Taguma Masama, a rent income officer, is pursuing a claim against Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation, alleging that his scores in a job interview were marked down afterwards.
Mr Masama, who is black, had been briefly working as acting team leader when the permanent position was advertised at the 10,000-home organisation. He applied for the job but another candidate was selected.
In a prehearing review document, seen by Inside Housing, Mr Masama claimed that a previous team leader had told him that his scores for the interview had been altered. It is alleged they were marked down.
Mr Masama also alleges that the same person told him the successful candidate, who is also a white woman, had been interviewed a week after the other candidates by two people not on the original panel. It is alleged that her scores had subsequently been marked up.
Mr Masama, who still works for the ALMO, brought an initial claim in March after submitting a formal grievance against his employer, which was rejected. He then elected to go to an employment tribunal.
A spokesperson for the TMO said the initial judgement had related solely to ‘jurisdictional issues’ and that the substance of the case would only be determined in September. She added: ‘We take any allegations of unfair treatment or discrimination seriously.’
In a prehearing review last month, K&C TMO argued that an amended claim, including the allegations of sex and racial discrimination, should not be heard as it was distinct from the recruitment issue that Mr Masama had originally raised. The judge rejected the submission and said the allegation could proceed to tribunal. The tribunal is due to begin on 19 September.