Surgeon wins £1.6m in race discrimination caseBMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7518.654 (Published 22 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:654
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
A former consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist who was sacked seven years ago after she launched a race discrimination claim against her employers has won £1.6m ($2.9m; £2.4m) compensation. With legal costs, the case is expected to cost her employers, South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, nearly £3m.
Nigerian born Feyi Awotona, aged 50 from Gosforth in Tyne and Wear, was sacked in December 1998 for gross personal misconduct. The trust said she was confrontational and obstructive, but an employment tribunal accepted her argument that the race discrimination claim she was preparing was the …