A Metropolis dealer who’s locked in a authorized battle after resigning from a job has filed court docket papers in Dubai alleging he was subjected to 83 cases of “bullying, harassment and racial discrimination” over three years.
Opeyemi Olayanju, 26, give up the Metropolis dealer TP ICAP in December final 12 months, alleging constructive dismissal due to “harassment, bullying and discrimination” on the agency in London.
He claims he has since been supplied employment at a rival brokerage agency in Dubai however has been prevented from taking the position after an injunction was granted to TP ICAP within the United Arab Emirates courts in March.
TP ICAP denies racism and stated: “It’s sadly common for brokers to hunt to keep away from their [contractual] obligations by making unfounded allegations of constructive dismissal.”
In court docket proceedings in Dubai to find out whether or not or not Olayanju can take up the brand new position, the dealer’s proof consists of an appendix detailing 83 examples of alleged harassment, together with cases he claims have been racist, in accordance with exchanges made throughout an open court docket listening to in August.
The submitting reveals for the primary time particulars of the frequency of the alleged harassment. Olayanju’s court docket papers add that the alleged abuse precipitated Olayanju’s well being “to endure as a consequence”.
The appendix detailing the cases shouldn’t be at present public, however the dealer has previously spoken about how he and one other black colleague have been known as “the Africans,” and the way Olayanju was nicknamed “n-Ope” or “n-Opy” in what he interpreted as a racist slur.
Olayanju’s papers additionally comprise the conclusion of a proper grievance he filed final November, through which TP ICAP stated: “It’s obvious from the investigation that the working surroundings on the desk was risky and that foul language was typically used … it’s probably you have been subjected every now and then to derogatory feedback, primarily by [two managers] … such remedy is wholly inappropriate and isn’t in step with the corporate’s values and code of conduct.”
Nevertheless, the investigation concluded: “Every so often you will have been subjected to derogatory feedback on the desk though I don’t discover any proof this was associated to your race.”
Previous to Olayanju outlining the 83 cases of alleged harassment, TP ICAP filed court docket papers saying his claims of bullying and racism have been “grossly unparticularised” and made “with none correct particulars”. The papers added: “TP ICAP can not reply to so imprecise and basic a case, save by basic denial.”
The agency declined to reply to the Guardian’s questions on Olayanju’s particular allegations, saying it will be inappropriate.
It stated: “TP ICAP denies all allegations of racial discrimination and constructive dismissal within the strongest phrases. TP ICAP is dedicated to selling equality and variety as a part of our steady efforts to construct a constructive, inclusive and meritocratic tradition. Our code of conduct clearly units out the rules and requirements of behaviour we anticipate from all our staff.
“With regard to the alleged working surroundings on the rising markets desk at TP ICAP, any points that arose final 12 months have been absolutely addressed and steps have been taken to make sure a constructive working surroundings.”
A listening to on whether or not Olayanju can take up his new position is ready for December in Dubai.