'I could see him sniggering when he sent it'.
BGC Partners was sued by a broker who said his manager sent racist e-mails including one depicting him as a Simpsons character, and favoured white employees when allocating work on new products and clients.
Bloomberg News reports that Ramesh Kumaran, who worked for the brokerage for a decade, said he was made to work in a 'humiliating environment' after his manager sent an e-mail to colleagues depicting him as Apu from the television cartoon 'The Simpsons'.
Kumaran’s claims were part of his witness statement presented on the first day of his trial at an employment tribunal in London Wednesday.
'I was shocked that my manager would send material which went beyond the norms of acceptable banter and had such significant historical racial connotations, especially as I could see him sniggering when he sent it', Kumaran said in his statement. Managers 'consciously permitted racist imagery to go unpunished'.
BGC are said to have declined to comment to Bloomberg.
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