A former BBC employee who strongly believes in the ethos of public service broadcasting will be allowed to bring a discrimination case against the corporation under laws designed to protect religious faiths, a tribunal has ruled. The decision effectively puts the broadcaster’s core principle on a par with Christianity.
A Birmingham tribunal has given Devan Maistry permission to sue the corporation for wrongful dismissal on the grounds of discrimination.
Mr Maistry, who worked for the BBC Asian Network, claims he suffered from discrimination for six years and has filed a claim for “religious or belief discrimination”.
He alleges that his belief that “public service broadcasting has the higher purpose of promoting cultural interchange and social cohesion” led to him being treated unfairly, although the exact details of his alleged mistreatment are unclear.
A full hearing will take place later this year.