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No Win - No Fee

Does God work on a 'No win no fee' basis I wonder? While the Archbishop of Canterbury is busily apologizing for the Crusades in a visit to Pakistan this week, in more immediate national news of political correctness and litigation gone crazy, a Muslim insurance salesman is sueing his employer, Direct Line because he believes he suffered religious discrimination. Why, because his team leader offered only alcohol as a performance incentive, an employment tribunal heard.

British-born Mr. Khan, who works for Direct Line Insurance, is seeking damages for "hurt feelings" under the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003.

Mr. Khan's team leader, Louise Cummings, said she introduced the incentives as a means of "improving staff morale and performance". "If I had realised that I had hurt anyone's feelings, then I would have taken steps to rectify that immediately," she added.

I’m sure my own feeling have been hurt somewhere in the last fifty years or so and when I have worked out where and why and how much this might be worth on a “no win no fee basis” I’ll be calling a solicitor.

This story is doubly annoying because I've got an invitation in front of me to keynote the Middle-eastern Govtec conference in Bahrain and this kind of "hurt" or religiously offended behaviour is unheard of in the Arab world, which with a few exceptions, is pretty tolerant. My last company had its offices on the outskirts of Southall and my staff represented a strong ethnic mix of beliefs. We used to have an account with one of the big wine warehouses and would send boxes of the stuff to clients before Xmas and put some aside to incentivise the sales team. I would have hoped that any of my employees with a similar problem would have simply pointed out that he or she couldn’t take alcohol and was there an alternative, rather than being offended enough to sue me. What kind of society, I wonder are we busily creating in this country today?

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