A London judge has ruled that Lloyds banking group executives went too far in sacking a manager for using the ‘N’ word in an anti-racism training course, and highlighted how the bank may be dealing with racist language in the workplace crossed the line.

Carl Borg-Neal was sacked for using a full-blown racist slur when discussing the impact of language in an online race-education training session attended by around 100 bank line managers. Judges at the London Employment Tribunal ruled that the dismissal was still unfair, although executives at Lloyds Bank may have thought anything other than dismissal meant condoning the use of the word.

“If the bank wanted to make its point, it could issue a warning to the claimant,” the judge said in his ruling. “The whole purpose was to explore intent versus effect and for the participants to learn.”

Britain’s biggest employers are increasingly at the front line of a cultural tug-of-war with Lloyds rival NatWest Group Plc, which was shut down this summer by Brexit campaigner and talk show host Nigel Farrah. Odd (Nigel Farage) bank account was criticized. personal and political reasons.

Longtime manager Borg Neal, who first joined Lloyds in 1993, immediately apologized and the Lloyds manager admitted he had acted without malice. But the court said Borg-Neill’s dyslexia could have caused him to blurt out ideas, which could mean he used complete words rather than finding a way to avoid them. A judge ruled the dismissal involved disability discrimination and will decide the amount of damages in October.

At the hearing, Borg-Neill, who is white, failed to convince the judge that he had been discriminated against because of his race. He believed that black employees would be treated differently.

Lloyds said it was considering an appeal against the ruling. “We have a zero-tolerance policy for any racial discrimination or use of racist language,” the bank said.

The training took place in July 2021, just over a year after George Floyd was murdered by a white police officer in Minneapolis. When Borg-Neil asked how he should handle a situation where he heard someone using language that might be offensive if it wasn’t spoken by that minority.

“The most common example is the use of N-words in the black community,” he asked the class in full words.

According to the ruling, the language distressed the trainer, who was said to be filled with “doubt, anger and sadness” and needed a break.

In his sentencing, the judge said the implications for Borg-Neill were “huge.” “He lost a job because he discovered he could overcome dyslexia.”

His lawyer said the case had had a “devastating effect” on his mental health.

“He explained to Lloyd over and over that his use of the ‘N’ word at all was not intentional or intended to cause upset and that he might apologize,” said Emma Ha, his attorney at Doyle Clayton. Mnet said.

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