Army Lawyer sues MOD successfully for gender and racial discrimination.
Army lawyer who helped to rescue two SAS soldiers held prisoner in Iraq, settles out of court, just before MOD employment tribunal.
In 2008, Rabia Siddique successfully sued the UK MOD for discrimination after it failed to acknowledge the role she played in the rescue of two captured Special Forces soldiers in war-torn Iraq. She was ostracised by her military colleagues, who were angered that she sought £650,000 compensation for the loss of her career. One officer said: “It would be an absolute disgrace if she is awarded many hundreds of thousands of pounds when soldiers who lose arms and legs or suffer brain damage can only receive a maximum of £285,000’. The press also followed this line, calling her money-grabbing. Yet the MoD, who had denied all wrong-doing pre-employment tribunal, then agreed to settle just before the case came to court, for an un-disclosed sum.
Rabia Siddique has really moved on and up. She is now an Australian criminal and human rights lawyer, as well as a retired British Army officer. An author, professional speaker and hostage survivor. Her website (https://www.rabiasiddique.com/media) says she was ‘ordered by the British Military to never speak of how she was taken hostage while negotiating the release of captured Special Forces soldiers’. Rabia developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Her action, of suing the British Government for sexism and racism, in the face of public ridicule, is now seen as brave and became a catalyst for promises of policy change.