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Afro-Caribbean BT worker wins £20,000 after she was ‘humiliated’ by her manager


A black woman with two university degrees has won a £20,000 payout after saying she felt ‘humiliated’ when her manager at BT joked she could be ‘deported’.

Fignola Alexandre, who is from the USA, was left ‘deeply distressed’ when boss Craig Warner made the insensitive joke about her visa extension application.

Mr Warner also ‘shocked’ Ms Alexandre and another black employee by suggesting the fact there weren’t many black swimmers was ‘because of class’, a tribunal heard.

Mr Warner denied making the comment and insisted he was instead quoting a Tweet referring to ‘elite black NFL players’ not being able to swim because they were from ‘underprivileged backgrounds’.

BT Openreach worker Fignola Alexandre has been awarded over £20,000 at a Manchester tribunal (pictured) after saying a manager 'humiliated her' at work

BT Openreach worker Fignola Alexandre has been awarded over £20,000 at a Manchester tribunal (pictured) after saying a manager ‘humiliated her’ at work

However, an employment tribunal ruled Ms Alexandre was racially harassed due to her boss’s comments. Now, after successfully suing Openreach Ltd for race harassment,…



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