A DUDLEY teacher may have to cough up a "substantial amount" of cash after losing an employment tribunal.

Damieon Herry, who is employed at Hillcrest Secondary School in Netherton, has been involved in a three-year battle with school bosses Dudley Council.

The teacher said he was the victim of sex and race discrimination but a Birmingham employment tribunal rejected his claim against the council.

Councillor Tim Crumpton, cabinet member for children’s services, told the News: “Mr Herry’s claims of sex and race discrimination were held by the employment tribunal to be 'not well founded' and were dismissed.

"As a public body accountable to others, the council’s application to recover the substantial amount of legal fees incurred in successfully defending Mr Herry’s claims is entirely justified.

"It is unfortunate that it has come to this but we have to safeguard taxpayer's money."

Mr Herry, who is currently on sick leave, has vowed to appeal the decision with the High Court.