Care home boss refused to hire manager because she was black


A Tribunal has heard that a care home boss refused to hire a manager because she was black.

Cristina Bila told staff at Avon Care Homes Pondsmead nursing home in Radstock, Somerset was the “wrong sort of home” to be managed by a black person, the Mirror reported.

The revelations emerged during an employment tribunal in Bristol brought by whistleblower Caroline Hobbs who won her claim for unfair dismissal after her decision to quit in protest over the issue.

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The tribunal heard that Mrs Bila told her staff she would interview Paulett Mills for the £52,000 a year job but would then reject her.

Mrs Bila reportedly said: “To have black people in charge of a home like that is not going to work.

“I don’t have to explain it to anyone. I will ­interview her then say I don’t like her. I am not having her as a manager.”

The tribunal heard that Mrs Hobbs left her position as secretary after Mrs Bila told her of the reasons for her decision.

Mrs Hobbs is to receive damages from the company at a later date.

Mrs Mills is, meanwhile, expected to take legal action against the care home company next month.

Avon Care Homes was unable to provide comment when contacted by CHP.

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The author Lee Peart


  1. If this is true then it’s absolutely shocking that an appointment should be based on colour, creed, sexual orientation religion, age etc. The candidate’s ability and willingness should be the only things considered.

  2. What’s load of rubbish. One half of the story again.. paper need to find something better to do. As for Caroline Hobbs she is trying to cause trouble.. the truth will come out in the end. This lady has ‘ black people ‘ already working for her..

  3. I don’t know Ms Billa had a problem with rasism. She aleays employed people no matter from where thy are. In front of everything ot was competence. Everything is so strange and unckear explained. I don’t believe she is a racist person!

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