16 June 2006
Senior staff in universities who use informal communication 'grapevines' to exchange gossip and distorted personnel information contribute to a discriminatory policy and should 'hang their heads in shame'. University staff using 'grapevine' to aid discrimination should 'hang their heads in shame'
Mr Harinder Bahra, a former Director of Marketing at Brunel University recieved an out of court settlement resulting from a victimisation claim.
Mr Bahra, one of few black and ethnic minority senior staff in the sector, was summarily dismissed by Brunel in 2003 after a successful 14 year career in higher education and found himself unable to secure similar employment. He successfully claimed he was victimised because he made a claim of race discrimination in his previous workplace.