Racism happens to everyone.
This is what Daniel Smith, a former employee with Singapore's third largest bank claims.
Smith had been dismissed from United Overseas Bank Ltd (UOB) in 2017 after working for over 23 years.
He was allegedly told that the candidate that was to replace him was a better "fit" for the role. However, Smith who claims that the minutes of the meeting between himself and a manager had been altered, alleges that he lost his position because he was not Southeast Asian.
“To have been overlooked for an alternative role, and discriminated in the way I was, is such a big letdown given everything I had given to the bank over what has been most of my adult working life," his court filing reads.
Meanwhile, UOB feels that Smith is "kicking dust" over the matter because he desired a larger payout.
The senior officer in the bank's treasury business was recommended to apply for a different role following UOB's London branch no longer providing clearing services.
According to Smith, his manager Andy Cheah had said his application was unsuccessful because the Singaporean bank had decided on an Asian candidate "who would fit into UOB well".
Cheah has confirmed that he did use a "descriptive" term on the candidate's ethnicity, but denied that the selection had anything to do with race and nationality.
In fact, the reason Cheah had said that was to "mentally prepare" Smith because the candidate would be working alongside him in the small office.
"With hindsight it wasn’t a great idea," Cheah says.
However, for Smith the damage is done because he now feels that he isn't good enough because he is not Asian.
Cover image sourced from Bloomberg.