Charles Russell Speechlys has been accused of keeping a manager in his post after he made prejudiced comments to Muslim staff implying they were terrorists.
A manager in the IT team, whom RollOnFriday is not naming, allegedly made the first ill-judged gag in the immediate aftermath of the 2017 Westminster Bridge terror attack, in which Briton Khalid Masood killed six people and injured more than 50 after driving his car into pedestrians.
The same afternoon, according to sources, 'Mr Tact' greeted a Muslim service desk employee who was arriving for his afternoon shift by remarking, "Oh hi, did you just happen to come via Westminster Bridge screaming "ALLAHALLAHALLAHALLAHALLAH!?"
Other members of the team "looked at each other in shock", said a source, although the team member was unaware of the atrocity and so "shrugged it off".
"Luckily one member of the team was brave enough to report the incident to the then Director of IT, Rob Cohen", who went straight to HR, said a source.
In the ensuing investigation it emerged that Mr Tact had a habit of dropping incredible clangers. Just the day before interviews with staff were conducted, Mr Tact allegedly spotted another Muslim IT analyst using Google Maps’ satellite function to study his holiday destination, and asked him, "Are you planning your next attack?"
Mr Tact, off to fix a computer.
Staff concerned by Mr Tact's "racist comments" were left feeling short-changed by the investigation, sources told RollOnFriday. After a meeting in which HR promised "a zero tolerance approach to such behaviour", Mr Tact was only temporarily removed from his post. He was re-assigned to a new project after he apologised to the team and said it would not happen again, and is now back in his old position.
The SD analyst who reported the incident left shortly after the investigation concluded.
A spokeswoman for CRS said, “We have policies in place to codify acceptable and unacceptable behaviour which are shared with everyone in our Firm. All partners and employees are able to make reports in confidence directly to the HR team".
She continued, “We expect our people to demonstrate consideration for and respect towards colleagues, clients and business partners. To ensure our culture is inclusive there is training on diversity and inclusion on joining, with further mandatory training for all partners, legal directors, and managers, to inform them about the impact of language and behaviour on others, and about role-modelling the right behaviours.”