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Saturday, 25 February 2012

Australian who claims he was racially abused when colleagues greeted him with 'G'day sport' takes case to European courts

An Australian community warden who claimed he was racially abused by colleagues who constantly greeted him with ‘G’day Sport’ is taking his case to the European Court of Human Rights.
Geoff Stephens, who has been in the UK for 27 years after coming over from Australia when he was 22 years old, claimed he suffered a barrage of abuse from co-workers for being Australian.
The 49-year-old worked as a community warden battling anti-social behaviour in Dymchurch, Kent, for six years until he quit with depression in 2010.

Geoff Stephens, who has been in the UK for 27 years claimed he suffered a barrage of abuse from co-workers for being Australian
Geoff Stephens - pictured with a Skippy plate in the background - claims he suffered abuse from co-workers for being Australian
He claimed that the ‘racism’ and bullying’ he suffered at work ‘would eventually have killed him’ and that he constantly asked colleagues to stop making jokes about him being an Aussie.
He said that fellow wardens constantly greeted him with ‘G’day Sport’, ‘Is your girlfriend called Sheila?’ and made jokes about kangaroos and asked him to ‘Throw another shrimp on the barbie’.

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