HATE CRIME must never be tolerated, warned general union GMB yesterday after a man was convicted of racially abusing a London refuse worker.
GMB member Krzystof Wysmulski, who works for waste management firm Veolia in Camden, was subjected to verbal abuse and threats at his place of work for over three years.
Mr Wysmulski reported the racial abuse to his employer, but it was not taken seriously.
Fearing for his safety, he recorded a verbal attack on his mobile phone and took the case up with GMB.
He was encouraged to report the incident to the police, who also initially failed to act. However, officers contacted Mr Wysmulski after an article appeared in the local press and the matter went to court.
Highbury magistrates’ court sentenced his tormentor David Evans to a 12-month community order, 60 hours of unpaid work and ordered him to pay costs and compensation.
GMB regional officer Helen Purcell said: “I am so pleased that Krzystof has seen justice served. Hate crime must never be tolerated. It’s appalling that he was subjected to this disgusting behaviour at his place of work.”