Commission For Racial
10 / 12 Allington Street
TEL 020 7828 7022
MINICOM 020 7932 5419
FAX 020 7630 7605
23 January 2001
Dear Mr Bryson
Re: YOUR COMPLAINT OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
Microtech Computer Services
As you know the Commission has been providing
you with advice and assistance in your complaint of racial discrimination.
Your request for assistance was put to the
Legal Committee of the Commission for a final decision on 22 January
2001. Having considered all of the facts and the relevant law
most carefully, and acting in the exercise of its discretion under
Section 66 of the Race Relations Act 1976,
the Committee has decided that the Commission cannot offer you
any further assistance in your complaint.
This means that although you are free to pursue you complaint,
the Commission will not be providing you with legal representation
at the hearing of your complaint by the Employment Tribunal. Should
you wish to continue with your complaint, you may need to seek
assistance from elsewhere.
I know that you will be disappointed with this
decision, but I hope you will understand that the Commission receives
a large number of requests for assistance, and it can provide
legal representation at Tribunals/Courts in a small proportion
of cases. In deciding whether or not your case should receive
support by way of legal representation, the Legal Committee was
bound to follow the criteria laid down in Section 66(1) of the
Act, and this included consideration of the merits and strength
of your case.
Having examined your complaint, the Committee
took the view that your complaint is out of time.
Complaints of Racial Discrimination have to be submitted to an
Employment Tribunal within 3 months of the act of discrimination
The legal committee
also felt that your case did not raise any issue of principle
or special considerations and having examined the complexity of
your case and your position in relation to the respondent, or
other persons involved, the Committee did not consider it unreasonable
to expect you to deal with your case without the assistance of
( This paragraph
sounds loaded with double meanings, what's it all about ???
If you have any queries with this letter, please do not hesitate
to contact me.
KAY NORTH (MS)
I did contact Ms North on Thursday afternoon 25.1.2001
But the explanations that I was given seemed very thin, and the
conversation just went around in circles.