The tables have been turned in London with a white, male civil servant filing a lawsuit alleging sex and race discrimination.
Matthew Parr, described by Metro News as “one of five inspectors of constabulary,” accepted a salary of £133,983 and a £7,904 London living allowance in June 2016. As Metro explained, his salary offer was the result of attempts to “rein in Whitehall pay scales.”
Parr, however, later learned that 15 months before he was hired, Wend Williams, a black woman, was hired as one of the other four inspectors with a £185,791 salary. She was given this salary even though she had accepted a lower offer of £165,000. The reason Williams ended up receiving a £20,000 boost to her salary is because a white man had recently been hired at that rate, so paying her less would have risked “a legal challenge on grounds of discrimination,” Parr argued before a tribunal.
Parr, a former rear admiral, found that