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Soldier takes MoD to tribunal over racial discrimination claims

PUBLISHED: 15:25 07 May 2008 | UPDATED: 11:45 12 August 2010

A BLACK soldier has taken the Ministry of Defence to an employment tribunal over claims of racial discrimination.

A BLACK soldier has taken the Ministry of Defence to an employment tribunal over claims of racial discrimination.

Private Kerry Hylton, 33, from Woolwich, began a central London tribunal on Tuesday, claiming he had been called a "black c**t" and a "black b*****d" at work.

The Jamaican who joined the Royal Logistic Corps in 2003, said a corporal made racist slurs on multiple occasions, regularly calling him a "n****r".

On one occasion it is claimed the corporal entered the kitchen where chef Private Hylton and two other Jamaicans worked, and asked if it had become a black kitchen.

Mr Hylton said: "It made me feel really bad being spoken to like that.

"I had never been spoken to like that before I joined the British Army.

"He said these things in the presence of other non-commissioned officers senior to him who did nothing about it."

The chef was based in married-quarters in Birdcage Walk, Westminster, where he said he and his wife and children, aged four and five, were subjected to a hate campaign.

Their doors would be regularly super-glued shut, claimed Private Hylton, who intends to leave the service at the end of the month.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: "The armed forces take complaints of harassment and discrimination very seriously. Such allegations are investigated thoroughly and, where proven, appropriate action is taken.


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