Permila Tirkey, a tribal woman from India working as a maid in the United Kingdom, on 24 September 2015 won the country’s first caste discrimination case.
She won the case against her Indian-origin employers Ajay Chandhok and Pooja Chandhok. Tirkey was discriminated against because of her low caste.
With this, Tirkey will receive compensation of 184000 UK pounds from Ajay and his wife Pooja for making her work 18 hours a day for an hourly rate of 11 pence.
The ruling was given by the employment tribunal in Cambridge which ruled that the Chandhoks wanted a servant in the Indian style.
The tribunal also found that the employers had also breached the European Union working time directive over her rest hours and annual leave. It ruled that she was a victim of unlawful harassment and indirect religious discrimination.
In addition to the compensation awarded by the tribunal, a further hearing to determine remedies for the discrimination and other matters will be held later in 2015.
Due to discrimination created by severe working conditions, Tirkey ended up leaving the Chandhoks job in 2013. She was recruited from Bihar in 2008.
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Where: United Kingdom
When: 24 September 2015