Ruizo v (1) Tesco Stores Ltd and (2) Lea [1995] IT/53435/93

Reports relating to this case:

  • "Goddamn Yank" racial abuse, not banter

    Date:
    1 June 1995

    The use of the phrase "Goddamn Yank" was racial abuse, rules a Manchester industrial tribunal (Chair: C Porter) in Ruizo v (1) Tesco Stores Ltd and (2) Lea, rejecting management's view that such a phrase was simply workplace banter.

  • Aggravated damages awarded

    Date:
    1 June 1995

    In addition to awarding £2,500 for injury to feelings, a Manchester industrial tribunal (Chair: C Porter) in Ruizo v (1) Tesco Stores Ltd and (2) Lea awards a further £1,500 aggravated damages for the employer's lack of contrition and continuing failure to address or alleviate the problem of racial abuse.