Dear Sir / Madam
Untill recently I was a student with the training organisation
called 'MICROTECH' I was undertaking the ECDL course modules 1
On Monday 24th July, late in the afternoon, the class was obliged
to watch a video on what is called "equal opportunities /
racism awareness training"
Soon after this video started I began to find the content very
offensive, and left to go and work on my computer again.
As I left someone made a remark about my departure and I said
without turning around
"I have been on the recieving end of racism for years , but
I am not allowed to talk about it, and I am not going to watch
this sort of thing."
I worked away on my computer for a while and then as it was so
late I left a few minutes early.
The class had already been told that due to an aptitude test
being held, Tuesday the 25th of July would just be a half day
(PM). I did not feel too well on the Tuesday due to a stomach
upset, so at around 11am I phoned MICROTECH and explained my situation
to the girl (Erim) on the phone
Wednesday the 26th and the greater part of thursday 27th went
On Thursday 27th July towards the end of the afternoon break
(about 3.15 pm) I was approached by Ms Lorraine Stevens of MICROTECH
who requested that I speak with her.
This was in connection with a complaint / complaints ? That had
been recieved about me from a person / persons ? In the office
/ from outside the building ? Regarding my racist / sexist ? behaviour.
I can't be more specific bacause at this time no specification
has been given to me, except that I was being dismissed from the
The class was due to sit the exam the following day. So you could
say that I was dismissed from the course less than an hour and
a half before I was due to take the test.
Ms Lorraine Stevens hinted at various reasons for my dismissal
which are given above, but refused to actually say why. I came
to the conclusion that I was being deliberately "Baited"
into over reacting, this reaction would then be held up as an
example of the normal Sean Bryson.
There is a lot of that sort of thing around these days.
I went back to my computer which was just a few feet away to
pack my things. As I was doing so I remarked to Ms Stevens that
I considered that I had been treated very unfairly, and made reference
to the sort of courts where the accusers and the judges all sit
around wearing balaclavas.
Ms Stevens replied that the complaints procedure was detailed
in the MICROTECH handbook, I nodded and said nothing. Ms Stevens
repeated this statement a further two times, and each time I just
nodded and said nothing. I then left the building.
On Friday the 28th July, I contacted my course tutor at MICROTECH,
Mr Carl Callender. I wanted to get clarification as to why I had
been dismissed from the course. Mr Callender told me that he knew
nothing about it, and that there had been no involvement by him
On the following Monday, 31st July 2000. I went to Hammersmith
benefit office to sort out the paper work for my claim, and also
to report what had happened at MICROTECH.
While there I spoke to Ms Maria D'Lima 020 8210 8100 who is the
team leader of the client advisory section.
I gave Ms D'Lima full details of the events, and told her that
I wanted to take this situation all the way to court if need be.
I also told Ms D'Lima that I had been on the recieving end of
racial / political persecution for some years and had put together
a web site dedicated to this.
In particular I wanted to draw her attention to the chapter called
Plus 60+ / Volunteer Bureau.
It is almost a mirror image of the situation at MICROTECH, it
is also the reason that I want this situation taken all the way
This sort of organised / institutionalised racial / political
persecution has to stop.