AN accountancy firm has been ordered to pay tens of thousands of pounds after a worker fell victim to racial discrimination.

Gabriella James, a former employee at LB Group’s offices at The Octagon in Middleborough, Colchester, took her former employer to court claiming to have suffered “direct race discrimination and harassment”.

Documents published by the HM Courts and Tribunals Service reveal an employment judge at the East London Hearing Centre ordered the company to pay Ms James more than £40,000, including £22,000 compensation for injury to feelings and another £10,000 compensation for personal injury.

The company, which also has offices in London, Chelmsford, and Ipswich, was also forced to repay lost earnings and pension contributions to its former employee.

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Mark Middleton, director of LB Group, apologised for Ms James’ experience and said the company has undertaken a “thorough review” of its processes.

Mr Middleton said: “We are truly sorry for the experience Gabriella had with us.

“In the years since we have invested significantly in our internal HR function and staff training following a thorough review of our HR processes and support for our employees.”

He added: “We are fully committed to building a diverse, inclusive and supportive environment for all our employees.”