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Tribunal awards ex-worker £31,000

By John Mulgrew

A Belfast restaurant has been ordered to pay over £30,000 to a former worker after she was subjected to racial, sexual and religious discrimination.

Yesterday an employment tribunal in Belfast found that Gaukhar Thompson, who is a Jehovah’s Witness and originally from Kazakhstan, had been subjected to a “concerted attack” by her former boss Luke Delaney.

Ms Thompson had worked at Delaney’s on Lombard Street in the city centre. The tribunal also ruled that she had been unfairly dismissed from her job. She was awarded £31,654 in total.

The tribunal, which took place at Killymeal House at the Gasworks, also heard how on one occasion Luke Delaney, the restaurant manager, had questioned Ms Thompson in front of staff and customers about why she had needed to use the toilet.

It also heard how he replaced the former employee as the restaurant cashier with his girlfriend.

Delaney’s restaurant was a stalwart in Belfast’s city centre for many years. It closed earlier this year after it was taken over by a UK-wide chain of coffee shops.

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