Housing association unlikely to challenge unfair dismissal ruling
Aldwyck settles race discrimination case
Aldwyck Housing Association has settled with a member of staff an employment tribunal ruled it had racially discriminated against.
It reached the undisclosed settlement with housing officer Errol Curniffe on Monday, a month after the tribunal said his dismissal was unfair and an act of race discrimination.
It had been consulting lawyers since the tribunal, but is now unlikely to appeal against the judgement.
The settlement came days after Aldwyck’s board met to discuss the case. Following the board meeting Aldwyck confirmed that two senior members of staff - its director of corporate services and housing and support services - had taken annual leave.
A spokesperson said: ‘Our directors of corporate services and housing and support services are currently taking a short period of annual leave agreed with our board.’
The spokesperson declined to comment on when either period of annual leave was due to end or when either director would return to work.
Speaking about Mr Curniffe, he added: ‘In the spirit of compromise we have reached a settlement with Errol Curniffe. The details of that settlement are confidential.’
Mr Curniffe is a black British man who joined Aldwyck in 2001 and had an unblemished record until 2008. But the area he managed was increased to 60 per cent higher than average and he complained about the size of his workload. He was dismissed in December 2008 after two disciplinary hearings.
Since the tribunal Aldwyck has temporarily halted consultation on plans to restructure its housing support services department.