A Nigerian national identified as Victor Kings Oluebube has recently been awarded the sum of €30,000 as compensation for racial abuse by his Irish team leader. According to reports, the said team leader called him a chimpanzee and also subjected him to imitated monkey noises in front of several co-workers on two different occasions.
The racial abuse which first happened in February 2019 was again repeated on May 21st, 2019. This time, Mr. Oluebube notified the warehouse manager of the alleged racist abuse, who in turn notified CPL Solutions trading as Flexsource Recruitment. Following a thorough investigation into the alleged two racist incidents, the team leader was found guilty and issued with a final written warning.
The Deputy chairman, Alan Haugh has ordered the recruitment firm to pay €30,000 to Oluebube for racial discrimination as enshrined in the Employment Equality Act. The amount equals about 63 weeks’ gross pay. It was reported that Mr Haugh has instructed CPL Solutions to pay the sum after he discovered that the firm “is vicariously liable for the harassment in question”. In line with this, Haugh stated that due to the serious nature of the harassment and the effects that it has had on Mr Kings Oluebube, the compensation needed to be awarded rightfully.
The black community has over the years experienced different degrees of racial abuse globally; however, the manner in which Victor Kings’ case was handled leaves room for a hopeful future.