Amit Kajla, who won an employment tribunal claim against Her Majesty's Prison Service (HMPS) last year, had been due to attend a remedy hearing in Birmingham today. But the hearing was cancelled after solicitors acting on her behalf agreed an undisclosed compensation settlement last night.

Ms Kajla, from Wolverhampton, West Midlands, took her case to a tribunal in Birmingham last July after resigning from Brinsford Young Offenders Institution, near Wolverhampton. During her time at Brinsford from July 2007 to May 2008, Ms Kajla claimed she suffered harassment and discrimination due to the fact she was a young and attractive female, working in a predominantly male environment.

A tribunal panel ruled last September that Ms Kajla, then aged 22, was the victim of unfair dismissal, as well as age and sex discrimination. Confirming that compensation had now been agreed, the claimant's solicitor, Jaspal Singh, from Birmingham-based Davies & Partners, said: "The case has been settled for an undisclosed sum and Amit does not wish to comment at this time."

Speaking after last year's ruling in the case, Ms Kajla said she was pleased the tribunal had condemned the Prison Service for suggesting her appearance was inappropriate and could have created a breach in security. She also stressed that she had tried to uphold her duty to look after prisoners with humanity.

"I sought to apply that in my work by treating prisoners with respect," the former prison officer stated. "However, one officer didn't like my way of working, which was counter to the macho approach he favoured. I was seen as a weak woman who could be bullied."

A Prison Service spokesman also confirmed that the case had now been settled.

"The National Offender Management Service sought to defend the matter, but the employment tribunal found in her favour and Ms Kajla received compensation," he said. 

Article from Yorkshire Evening Post