Nottingham City Homes staff are accusing the company of racial discrimination after being suspended for varying lengths of time—from five months to 15 months—on full pay.
The GMB union is acting for some of the six workers, all of whom are black, who were suspended in March 2009. Five say they will go to an employment tribunal.
The union says the people it is representing were suspended pending an investigation into the way the policy for allocating homes had been applied. The GMB has criticised the company over its handling of staff.
GMB Nottingham organiser Chris Needham called the suspensions “an absolute disgrace”.
He said, “There seems to have been no explanation for why the investigations into these matters have taken so long and indeed it seems resulting disciplinaries did not rely on factors that were new.
“We believe the investigations took place and were completed well before these people went through the disciplinary process.”
All six staff are either back at work or have been told they can return.