CASE STUDY: Success for Justin Murray in financial services case of unfair dismissal and race discrimination

8 July 2022

Employment Law Specialist and Partner Justin Murray instructing Carolyn D’Souza (leading Andrew Watson) of 12 Kings Bench Walk, represented gold trader in bringing claims against his ex-employer.

In a decision of the London Central Employment Tribunal (Yang v. Credit Agricole London Branch) following a 15-day liability only trial, the Tribunal has upheld claims of unfair dismissal and race discrimination brought by a gold trader in relation to his dismissal in 2020, shortly after the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and following a period of unprecedented volatility in the gold market (specifically in the spread between gold futures and the OTC market) caused by the pandemic.  The Claimant, Head of the Precious Metals Desk, was dismissed for not escalating a sharp volatile market movement resulting in a potential loss of £25-30m which was not detected or quantified by the Bank’s risk valuation system.  In a lengthy judgment (138 pages), the Tribunal found that the dismissal was unfair, both procedurally and substantively, and that a comment made by the Global Head of FX Linear Trading during the disciplinary process, that Asian people might be reluctant to admit to something that has gone on because of loss of face, amounted to negative racial stereotyping and race discrimination.  The case now proceeds to a remedy hearing.

Read the full liability judgment here

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Credit Agricole Trader Says Pandemic WFH Setup Costs Him His Job – Bloomberg

‘Loss of face’ comment by Crédit Agricole boss ruled racist – The Times

Justin Murray
Partner – City Disputes: Contentious Employment and Commercial Dispute Resolution
Justin Murray is a Partner Solicitor at Spencer West. He specialises in City Disputes: Contentious Employment and Commercial Dispute Resolution.