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Race claim over fake CV interview
Qamar Malik
Qamar Malik said he had decided to 'challenge this indignity'
A Pakistan-born civil engineer claims he was granted a job interview by a company only when he sent a fake application under a Welsh name.

Qamar Mohammed Malik, 49, claims Amec Group Ltd ignored his CV in November last year because of his foreign name.

But Mr Malik, of Cardiff, said he had a positive response when he sent a false CV with inferior qualifications using the name Rhyddir Aled Lloyd-Hilbert.

The company denies race discrimination at an employment tribunal in Cardiff.

Mr Malik, whose family moved to Cardiff in 1967, is claiming Amec's office at Treforest, near Pontypridd, discriminated against him.

It was a result of poor internal communications, not malicious intent
Colin Jones, Amec Group

Mr Malik said Lyne Bowen, the Amec office manager, indicated it could find him work given his experience when he telephoned her before sending his CV for the first time.

After e-mailing his CV to Amec, Mr Malik was told by Ms Bowen on 8 November 2006 that the company had already seen his CV when it was forwarded by the Anders Elite agency and it had no suitable vacancies, the tribunal heard.

Unhappy with his rejection, Mr Malik, from the Cyncoed area of Cardiff, decided to compose a similar, but false, CV.

On that, "Mr Lloyd-Hilbert" had an almost identical employment history but had fewer O-levels, no CSEs, and was slightly older than Mr Malik.

'Confront these demons'

Mr Malik said the Treforest office of Amec responded "positively" to this application within three hours of it being e-mailed on 20 November.

The tribunal heard that Ms Bowen e-mailed "Mr Lloyd-Hilbert" a job description for a quality inspector, and after interest was confirmed in this role, a maximum salary of 33,000 was indicated.

Speaking of his decision to send out a fictitious CV, Mr Malik told the tribunal that he deliberated hard before deciding to challenge the reply.

He said it was "clearly at severe odds with the earlier telephone advice from Ms Bowen and also it smacked of the racism that I used to experience in the early 1980s".

He added: "I may have felt it was now time to confront these demons.

"I now had children who may suffer this indignity in the coming years so I had to effectively challenge it now, otherwise what am I to say to them if they ask what I had done to combat this trend?"

The tribunal heard Mr Malik owned up to sending the fictitious CV in a phone call to Amec's chief engineer in south Wales, Howell James.

During the conversation Mr Malik accused the company of being racially prejudiced by not considering his original CV.

"Mr James was very sniffy about my experience but he agreed upon review of my CV that I was suitable for the job as a quality inspector," said Mr Malik.

"I later received a letter from the company's human resources department offering me an interview."

But the tribunal heard communications broke down between Mr Malik and the firm when Mr James left the company.

Project director Colin Jones took over the matter and was briefed about Mr Malik's real application and the bogus one.

Mr Jones told the tribunal there was nothing malicious about Mr Malik not being considered.

"It was a result of poor internal communications, not malicious intent," said Mr Jones.

The construction arm of the Amec Group, which was bought by Morgan Est in July, denies the claim.

The hearing continues.

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