Cemetery worker settles race claim

A Jewish cemetery worker is due to receive an out-of-court settlement from the United Synagogue following a dispute over racial discrimination.

Peter Sollosi, who worked for the US as part of its burial society, had claimed that non-Jewish workers were paid more than him to work at Christmas.

The case was due to be heard by an employment tribunal next week, but the parties have now resolved the matter and agreed to a settlement.

A US spokesman said: “The US was advised in the best interests of the charity to settle out of court rather than incur the costs of a two-day hearing.”

Mr Sollosi, 48, was also claiming constructive dismissal and said unlawful deductions had been made from his wages.

He claimed he was paid double his daily salary to work on Christmas Day 2006, but that his non-Jewish colleagues had received five times their normal rate. Having worked primarily at Waltham Abbey cemetery in Essex, Mr Sollosi resigned last September after taking six months’ sick leave due to a knee injury sustained outside work.

The Hackney Synagogue member claimed he had not received sick pay and was later told he was no longer needed at the cemetery.

He declined to comment as the JC went to press.

    Last updated: 9:41am, July 17 2008