'Funny Name' Test Costs ASDA £27,750
A supermarket manager who demanded that workers at the ASDA shop in Lutterworth, Leicestershire, with 'foreign-sounding' names produce proof of their entitlement to work in the UK cost his company £750 per employee when they were successful in bringing a race discrimination claim against the supermarket giant.
The manager was trying to avoid the company being fined for employing persons not entitled to work in the UK, but by selecting only those with foreign-sounding names for the check, he was discriminatory in his approach. Some of the employees had worked for the company for 18 years.
The case illustrates the point that any policy adopted for dealing with such matters must be applied consistently to the whole workforce.
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