Employment Tribunal upholds soldier’s race discrimination claim against the Army


Following a seven-day trial in Pile-Gray v Ministry of Defence, the London Central Employment Tribunal has upheld various claims of race discrimination against the Ministry of Defence.

The claimant, a Black Lance Sergeant, was challenged as to his identity when entering his barracks in July 2021 and was ultimately charged with a service offence by senior officers ostensibly for the manner in which he reacted to the challenge. He brought claims of direct race discrimination, victimisation and racial harassment in relation both to how he was treated at the barracks and the action taken against him by senior officers, relying on five detrimental acts. He succeeded in all his claims.

Nathan Roberts represented the successful claimant, instructed by Emma Norton at the Centre for Military Justice.

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