Asian worker to sue employer over Osama Bin Laden photo

An Asian man who alleges work colleagues superimposed his face on a photograph with Osama Bin Laden is suing his former employer for £50,000.

Vinod Rajdev claims that work associates at software provider Civica routinely taunted him and joked that he was an Al-Quaeda terrorist ‘mastermind’, according to The Telegraph.

The IT manager, 58, is claiming constructive unfair dismissal, religious and race discrimination against the firm.

He says that colleagues put an image of his face over that of the terror chief’s deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri and says he found two mock-up photographs – one framed – on his desk, showing him sitting next to Bin Laden in a hideout with an AK47 rifle by his side.

He also alleges that he was called ‘Paki’ and ‘corner shop’ by colleagues. The incidents were outlined in legal papers submitted to Bedford Employment Tribunal.

Rajdev claims the racist abuse started at Civica’s Luton office in November 2005.

A Civica spokesman told Personnel Today: “Civica is aware of the court case involving the former employee, which is being resolutely defended. We are hoping for a swift resolution on the matter.”

A spokeswoman for Bedford Employment Tribunal confirmed the case would be heard in January.

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