Police officer makes compensation claim

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A POLICE constable is seeking compensation for alleged victimisation and disability discrimination against the Ripley-based chief constable of Derbyshire police.

Now the chief constable is expected to give evidence when the full Birmingham Employment Tribunal hearing starts next year.

Police officer Zulfiqar Sher successfully sought permission at a tribunal preliminary hearing to go ahead with his claims for victimisation and disability discrimination against the chief constable at Ripley after complaining that he allegedly had been so unhappy that he had considered asking for a transfer to West Midlands Police Force.

He is still with the Derbyshire police.

Miss Debbie Grenan, representing Mr Sher, said he had accused the police of harassment, “blocking” his career prospects and restricting his duties.

“Mr Sher has been unfairly treated, humiliated and intimidated,” she alleged. “He was berated by an inspector and was unhappy.”

The tribunal was told that Mr Sher injured his right wrist and hand but Miss Grenan alleged the police did not make reasonable adjustments to help him – prompting his compensation claim for disability discrimination.

Mr Sher’s injury was said to be supported by a GP’s report.

The police opposed the compensation claims and denied the allegations.

Tribunal judge Mr Peter Gilroy described Mr Sher’s allegations as “wide ranging” and said he could go ahead with a full hearing next year over a 12 day period.

A large number of witnesses are due to attend.

Mr Sher declined to comment after the hearing.