Detective honoured by Queen accuses Met of racism and sexism

Nicola Slawson
Nighat Hubbard is made an MBE. The Met tried to argue that her discrimination claim had been filed too late. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

A detective who was awarded an honour by the Queen is suing the Metropolitan police over claims of racism and sexism.

The Met failed in an attempt to block an employment claim from Det Con Nighat Hubbard.

She alleges that white colleagues were allowed to work on more complex investigations while she was not, and that male officers had made discriminatory comments to her and other women in the force, according to the Sunday Times. The allegations date from between 2013 and 2014.

A judge ruled last week that it would be “just and equitable” for Hubbard, who is a serving officer, to sue the police force after they tried to argue that her claim had been filed too late.

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 Met police said it was aware legal action had been brought. A spokesperson for the force said it was unable to discuss the claim while proceedings were ongoing.

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