British Army apologises for anti-Islamic bias


Following an employment tribunal claim, the British Army has apologised to a former soldier for anti-Islamic bias within his unit and for a culturally insensitive attitude in the chain of command.

Ebrima Bayo brought a claim of religious discrimination against the Army following his treatment while on deployment in Cyprus. After his claim was initially dismissed on jurisdictional grounds, he successfully appealed to the EAT, resulting in the claim being remitted and the claimant succeeding on the jurisdictional issues in the remitted proceedings. The Army ultimately conceded parts of the claim. It settled the claim for a confidential amount and with a formal apology.

Nathan Roberts represented the claimant in the EAT and in the remitted tribunal proceedings. He was instructed by Emma Norton at the Centre for Military Justice. The case was supported and funded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Coverage of the case includes:

Equality and Human Rights Commission

The Guardian