Senior Indian-origin female officer sues Scotland Yard over racism
One of Britain`s senior-most Indian-origin female police officers is taking legal action against Scotland Yard over allegations of racial and gender discrimination within the UK`s largest police force. Parm Sandhu, currently serving as Temporary Chief Superintendent with the Metropolitan Police, claims she was denied promotions and opportunities at work due to her race and gender. The first hearing in her case is set to take place at an employment tribunal next week. “At this early stage, we are unable to comment further around defending the claim,” the Met Police said in a statement. Sandhu is being backed by the Metropolitan Black Police Association, which says it is concerned about the lack of senior female ethnic minority officers. The 54-year-old officer took the legal step at the end of an internal Met Police investigation which exonerated her of gross misconduct last month.The inquiry, launched in June 2018, focussed on whether Sandhu encouraged her colleagues to support her nomination for a Queen`s Police Medal (QPM), which is awarded twice a year by Queen Elizabeth II as part of her honours` lists. The medals are given to serving police officers in the UK in recognition of distinguished service or outstanding courage in the line of duty.