Elderly black cleaner at Catholic boys' school wins £6,280 payout over ...

A cleaner at a Catholic boys' school has won a £6,280 payout after a colleague made a racist remark about her 'using voodoo'.

Annmarie Jenkins-Hurrell, an elderly black woman of West Indian origin, was subjected to the 'degrading and offensive' remark from a caretaker at The Campion School, in Hornchurch, London. 

An employment tribunal heard that colleagues of Mrs Jenkins-Hurrell, who worked at the secondary school for five years, told her that they were 'scared' of her.

One colleague, a caretaker, then asked 'what are you going to do, work your voodoo?'.

After she complained, the school dismissed her grievance, leading her to resign.

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Now the cleaner has been awarded a payout after a tribunal found she had been unfairly treated.  

Annmarie Jenkins-Hurrell, an elderly black woman of West Indian origin, was subjected to the 'degrading and offensive' remark from a caretaker at The Campion School (pictured), in Hornchurch, London

Annmarie Jenkins-Hurrell, an elderly black woman of West Indian origin, was subjected to the 'degrading and offensive' remark from a caretaker at The Campion School (pictured), in Hornchurch, London

What is Voodoo? 

Voodoo - also spelt Vodou and Voudon - is a religion that originates from Africa.

Though its exact origins are unknown, it is thought to have originated in the West African nation of Benin and is said to have evolved from the ancient traditions of ancestor worship.  

In West African Voodoo, the creator is known as Mawu or Mahu and is female in form.  

However Voodoo has no scripture or world authority - and therefore practices and beliefs differ from community to community.

It is, however, commonly community-centred with an emphasis on individual experience, empowerment and responsibility. 

In the Americas and the Caribbean, it is thought to be a combination of various African, Catholic and Native American traditions.

Louisiana Voodoo and Haitian Vodou are two forms that developed in areas where slaves were taken from West Africa to the Americas.

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Bondye is the supreme creator in Haitian Vodou, with deities called lwa.

The wider Voodoo religion is widely misunderstood in the Western world - something scholars say is grounded in racism dating back from the slave trade.

It became taboo during this period, with the religion dismissed as superstition and voodoo priests denigrated as witchdoctors. 

has also been accused of 'dreaming up' practices such as 'Voodoo dolls' in which pins are placed into a doll with the person they are meant to represent feeling actual pain.

Experts say that such dolls are

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