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Ex-Partners Employee Loses Race Discrimination Claim in London

  • Black woman was unfairly fired but didn’t suffer harassment
  • Mulumba says she was unjustly criticized for disclosing photo

A London employment tribunal rejected allegations that a Black ex-employee of Partners Group AG suffered racial discrimination while working at the Swiss private equity firm, but a judge found that she was unfairly dismissed.

Harmonie Mulumba claimed she had faced discrimination and harassment during her time on the company’s associate program. She disclosed a photo of employees dressed up in “Blackface” at a party as broad evidence of what she said was a toxic culture at the firm. However, Judge Richard Nicolle said she misconstrued events and conversations, only seeing them as part of a campaign to stop her from progressing.