London TV Company Openly Discriminates Against Anti-Trump, People's Vote Protesters

By Holly Brockwell on at

Discrimination in UK business is very much still in existence, but few companies are as open about it as London-based Sense The Future Pictures, a "television and communications business" based in Covent Garden.

The company's official Twitter account today announced that they will not hire or work with people who support the People's Vote campaign for a second Brexit referendum, protests against Donald Trump, or similar events ("etc"):

At the time of writing, the four-hour-old tweet has been retweeted exactly once, by the founder of the company, Teresa Potocka.

Dual national Potocka appears not to be conversant with employment law in the UK, as a previous tweet sounds a lot like it's saying her company won't hire Polish people (despite being one herself):

Discrimination against people for their nationality, ethnic or national origins contravenes the Equality Act 2010, so unless we've misunderstood, that's not a good look.

As for the first tweet, discrimination against applicants for their political beliefs is a little less clear-cut, but there is case history to support the inclusion of political beliefs under the Act's provision for "any religious or philosophical belief" as a protected characteristic.

Potocka's own political opinions are made fairly clear on her public-facing profiles. Prior to starting the TV company, Potocka chaired Conservative Friends of Poland for five years, which held an event "in honour of the Iron Lady at the Carlton Club [...] where she thanked Margaret Thatcher in person for taking a pivotal role in ending the Cold War. " A picture of Potocka and Thatcher heads up both her Twitter and LinkedIn profiles.

@PotockaTeresa on Twitter

She's not a fan of all Conservative leaders, though: for instance, she recently claimed on LinkedIn that David Cameron should be deported to Panama.

Teresa Potocka, LinkedIn

Potocka is also involved in political organisations including Republicans Abroad, which we assume is why she's not keen on employing anti-Trump protesters.

Legal issues aside, we don't think many people would fancy working with such an openly-discriminatory boss, especially in the wonderfully multicultural hub that is London. The UK film and TV industry is plenty homogeneous enough as it is, and while we'd love to see more women in production, ones with active discrimination policies can get in the proverbial bin.

Photo by M. B. M. on Unsplash