Indian couple accuses UK law firm of cast discrimination after losing job
ANI | Aug 18, 2011, 06.24PM IST
LONDON: An Indian couple has become the first in the UK to claim caste
discrimination after they were forced to quit their jobs in a legal
firm following their marriage.
An employment tribunal heard that solicitor Amardeep, 33, hailed from
the higher caste of Jat, whereas her husband Vijay Begraj, 32, the
practice manager, belonged to the former 'untouchables' or Dalits,
reports the Daily Mail.
Amardeep told the tribunal that a senior colleague warned her against
marrying Begraj on the grounds that people of his caste were
'different creatures' and that his position firm was 'compromised'.
The couple met when both worked at Coventry-based solicitors Heer
Manak and began dating four years later.
Begraj, who worked for the firm for seven years, was sacked last year.
His wife resigned in January.
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