A tribal Indian woman, Premila Tirkey, who was working as a maid in the UK, has won the UK first caste discrimination case against her NRI employers - Ajay and Pooja Chandhok. The tribunal in Cambridge has ordered the couple to pay the maid approximately £184K in compensation for the ill-treatment meted out to her. The couple was reportedly making her work 18 hour days a day for an hourly rate of 11 pence.
Pronouncing the verdict, the tribunal in Cambridge said, “The Chandhoks wanted an ‘Indian style’, servility”. The tribunal also found the employers breaching the European Union (EU) working-time directive over the maid’s rest hours and annual leave.
Tirkey’s lawyers said the case establishes a new legal landmark for the workers in Britain, who are ill-treated getting protection by the race discrimination laws. "I want the public to know what happened to me as it must not happen to anyone else. The stress and anxiety that this sort of thing creates for a person can destroy them" the Indian-origin worker said after the judgment.