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The Metropolitan police is facing another racial discrimination claim from a senior employee amid allegations that a failure of leadership in the force is allowing prejudice to flourish.

Sources close to Yasmin Rehman, a Muslim woman who is employed in a senior diversity role within the force, said yesterday she was preparing an employment tribunal claim which was at an advanced stage. It is likely Rehman will lodge the papers in the next few days.

Rehman, a civilian who works with ethnic minority communities dealing with issues such as "honour" killings and forced marriages, has been off sick for a year after allegedly facing bullying in the workplace.

The claim comes after the assistant commissioner, Tarique Ghaffur, Britain's most senior Asian officer, announced he was taking legal action against the Met and Sir Ian Blair, the commissioner, for racial discrimination and just a day after Ghaffur was temporarily relieved of his duties by Blair.

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