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Race watchdog accused of bias.

Byline: NIGEL NELSON

THE watchdog set up to promote racial harmony has been hit with TWENTY-THREE discrimination charges.

And amazingly, the Commission for Racial Equality claims it is because staff know too much about bringing claims. The cases alleged race, sex and disability discrimination. Although 15 charges were later dropped, a spokesman said: "Due to the nature of our work, employees are very conscious of their rights.

"It is only to be expected that where they feel those rights have been breached they will consider making a complaint."

The CRE only began keeping a record of allegations in 1998 after lawyer Raj Naidoo's successful industrial tribunal case of being passed over for promotion because of race.

A spokesman added: "We have put considerable work into improving practices."
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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Jul 13, 2003
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