All existing claims against R&S Records and its CEO Renaat Vandepapeliere have been dismissed by a UK employment court.
In January 2021, Raj Chaudhuri, aka Raji Rags, filed a case for unlawful dismissal and racial discrimination. Chaudhuri worked as a freelance talent scout and A&R for R&S between May 2019 and September 2020.
In October 2020, Chaudhuri shared a statement on social media, explaining that he was no longer working for the label and that he was “not comfortable with working with Renaat Vandepapeliere and putting energy into a company that doesn’t support Black and women artists sufficiently.”
After a gruelling 18 months, all claims submitted to an Employment Tribunal in London by Chaudhuri were dismissed on 06 April 2022.
A Press Release from R&S and Renaat shares intricate details of the claim and confirms, following a two-day hearing, a judge ruled that Chaudhuri was not an employee of R&S Records.
Employment Judge (EJ) Wright found that:
For his 700 Euros a month, Chaudhuri did as much or as little work for R&S Records as he saw fit, and in fact, he did very little;
Contrary to his claims, Chaudhuri was in business on his own account and knew that he was not an employee.
His contemporaneous descriptions of himself contradicted the status he wished to present to the tribunal and what Chaudhuri claimed now was not what he understood at the time he was scouting for R&S;
Renaat Vandepapeliere commented: “After 18 months of making false, malicious and damaging allegations about me and the record label, the judge has utterly rejected Chaudhuri’s attempts to rewrite history.”
For more details, see the post below: