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Huawei wins race discrimination case

Telecoms equipment manufacturer not guilty, tribunal rules

Huawei, the China-based network and telecoms equipment company has been acquitted of charges of racial discrimination, following a four-day investigation by the Southampton Employment Tribunal.

Fibre optics specialist Judeson Peter, who was recently made redundant from the company's Basingstoke office, claimed he had lost his job because he was British. However the Employment Tribunal ruled that all allegations made by Judeson Peter were unjust and based upon factually incorrect information.

"The tribunal has upheld that Judeson Peter was not unfairly dismissed and that Huawei was found to have followed a fair and legal process," said Huawei. "Huawei as a reputable employer would not tolerate any form of discrimination in the workplace and this has been validated by the tribunal's review of the case."

The company added that Huawei is committed to the equal treatment of all its employees, and provides the same career opportunities to its employees globally.

Huawei is currently expanding its European presence, and recently announced a programme of investment to kick-start its entry into the enterprise market in Western Europe. The company said that, currently, 75% of its 650-strong UK workforce is recruited locally and it will continue to try and attract new talent.

This is in response to Peter's claim that Huawei's HR manager sent an email on 21 April 2009, stating that expat employees were exempt from the job cuts.

"This is a clear racial discrimination against non-Chinese employees as most expats are Chinese," said Peter. "I believe I have been unfairly pre-selected for redundancy and have been selected due to my age and race in that I am not Chinese."

Huawei denied Peter's allegations and said that in 2009 it made a series of redundancies that resulted in 25 percent of British workers and 32 percent of Chinese employees losing their jobs.

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