LONDON – The first Muslim detective to be honored by the Queen is suing Scotland Yard for alleged racism and sexism.
In the case, filed by Detective Constable Nighat Hubbard, she claims she was held back while white colleagues were allowed to work more complex investigations, The Sunday Times reported on March 12.
Hubbard, a serving officer, added that male colleagues made discriminatory comments to her and other women officers, the paper reported.
She said that a male colleague referred to a female officer as a ‘f****** witch’ in front of her.
DC Hubbard has also made allegations against a former senior Met officer, detective inspector Mick Standing.
She alleges that Standing, who retired from the force earlier this month, admitted that he did not like her on a personal level ‘because she knew too many officers; rather than her race.’
The claims date between 2013 and 2014.
Det Con Hubbard was presented with an MBE in 2014 for her charity work, reportedly making her the first Muslim policewoman to be honoured by the Queen.
The Metropolitan police failed to block her claim, after a judge ruled last week that it would be “just and equitable” for Hubbard, who remains a serving police officer, to sue Scotland Yard after the force tried to argue that her claim had been filed too late.
Scotland Yard said: “We are aware of an employment tribunal claim brought by Det Con Nighat Hubbard against the Metropolitan Police Service alleging race and sex discrimination.
“We are unable to discuss further while proceedings are ongoing.”