A black female police officer who guarded the Duchess of Cambridge has won a payout from Scotland Yard bosses over claims she was called a ‘n*****’ by a colleague. PC Ricky Haruna is likely to receive a five-figure sum after the Metropolitan Police confirmed her tribunal case for racial discrimination had been settled ‘by mutual agreement and with no admission of liability’.
Ms Haruna, joined the Met in 2002 after graduating in sociology and criminology from Goldsmiths University of London and received two commendations for outstanding service, was sacked from the Met in June 2014 after alleged harassment and wrongful dismissal claiming she was the victim of a “witch hunt” and fired after complaining about racism. She was fired for making claims against fellow officer, after appearing before a misconduct panel. However, she was later reinstated with full pay after a successful internal appeal. PC Haruna then continued to take action against the Force via an employment tribunal.
Scotland Yard said in a statement Monday: ‘The employment tribunal claim brought by PC Haruna has been settled by mutual agreement and with no admission of liability. We do not discuss the terms of settlement agreements. ‘Allegations of misconduct made by PC Haruna in her claim were fully investigated by Directorate of Professional Standards. No misconduct by any officers or staff was identified.’
It is believed that PC Haruna’s settlement could rise into the tens of thousands with previous race discrimination cases involving the Met garnering high fees. In September 2014 firearms officer Carol Howard was awarded £37,000 British Pounds which comes to about $41,662 United States Dollars (USD) after a tribunal ruled she was the victim of a ‘vindictive’ campaign of racial and sexual discrimination. While DS Gurpal Virdi won £74,000 British Pounds which comes to about $108,583.90 US Dollars (USD) for victimization in June 2008 when he successfully claimed he was denied the chance to be promoted after exposing racial discrimination in the Met’s ranks.