The family of a black postal worker driven to suicide by racism at work have won the first step in their battle for justice. The victim's parents won the right this week to a posthumous employment tribunal hearing over racial discrimination. Jermaine Lee, a 26 year old Birmingham postal worker, hanged himself in November 1999.
'Dear Mom, I never wanted to go like this but it's the only way out. Those guys at work hate me,' read his suicide note. Urnell and Steve Lee have campaigned for a year for justice. They say that there is evidence their son was 'bullied and harassed by a number of managers'.
An employment tribunal is due to go ahead in April. The Communications Workers Union should demand complete openness about what happened. Racism is a poison which has to be rooted out and not covered up.