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  1. So why has Warren Taylor not been sacked by Royal Mail Had Taylor used derogatory language and discriminated against another worker because of their colour or religious beliefs Im sure the award would have been far greater and Royal Mail would have sacked Taylor, why are gay people still not afforded full equal treatment?


    Well done to Liam Black for bringing the case.

  2. Taylor had referred to Black as “effeminate”, “girly”, “bitchy” and “pampered by his mother”

    Pathetic. Sticks and stones and all that. Maybe if he’d been called a “flaming shirtlifter” or something that actually implied he was a) homosexual, and b) the guy didn’t like homosexuals.

    All he did was state pretty much what the guy probably was. It’s a bit like calling a black man “coal-coloured” – it’s not an insult, it’s a statement of fact.

    Stop getting so worked up dear, it’s only a sad old queen of a film director that won’t admit he bats for the other side.
    Insult, or statement? You decide.

  3. as a a once off incident the language may be casually ignored, but how about on a day-today basis? never judge a man until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes. that way, if you disagree with him, he can’t run after you.

  4. Brian Burton 16 Jun 2009, 7:17am

    You have to make a drama out of a small crisis. Good for you Liam and with you £2,400 quid, Buy RobN a gag!

  5. Brian: And this guy didn’t? It’s wankers like this that have created this litigious society today suing anyone and everyone they feel they can get away with. It is also why there are so many restrictions in employment law, health and safety and many other factors, because you step an inch out of line and the lawyers and ambulance chasers are at your throat.

  6. If the person that these comments found them offensive then it is a clear case of bullying. And then Royal mail did not follow correct procedures, bearing in mind several years ago they did not take a bullying case seriously and the man committed suicide.

    Clearly these people, and the organisation, need to be taught that bullinging, and not dealing with it correctly, needs to be challanged and if that means hitting people where it hurts (in their pockets) then so be it.

    Personally I feel that Royal Mail should have faced a much stiffer fine as £400 to a business that large is not a big enough slap on the wrist for them.

  7. Monkeychops 16 Jun 2009, 11:10am

    It’s not right that these comments are made in a bullying manner, though it could also be possible that this postman was a bit of stroppy git always causing a drama. I’m definitely going to have search round for more facts on this case, just to see what really happened. The problem now is that everyone is offended by everything. Being told to pull your socks up at work is seen as bullying half the time. I get people at work claiming they’re being victimised because the boss has told them they have done a crap job or that they aren’t working hard enough. Not a big fan of crying when you’ve not been hurt. It undermines the more serious cases of abuse. If this case is as homphobic as it seems, then it will be diluted down because the other “victimisation” cases that incite ridicule have made people think that it’s all just unnecessary whingeing.

  8. John (Derbyshire 16 Jun 2009, 11:55am

    Just cause someone`s “girly” doesn`t mean they are gay. Look at Colin Jackson-and he isn`t gay.

  9. Great to hear that a case of homophobic bullying in the workplace has been correctly resolved. This man should be proud of himself for standing up for himself.

    @John- What are you talking about? Colin Jackson IS gay.

  10. Tony: Well Colin Jackson didn’t think he was. Now he’s really upset and you will probably be hearing from his lawyers ;)

    Paul: “If the person that these comments found them offensive then it is a clear case of bullying.”

    What utter crap! Just because you are so weak and feeble you can’t take a bit of verbal stick once in a while, that’s bullying is it? I call it the product of a pampered childhood. Bullying is when they wait outside for you and kick seven bells of crap out of you. Then you have reason to complain.

  11. Robert, ex-pat Brit 16 Jun 2009, 2:29pm

    And if Liam had called Taylor a “f—–g breeder”, the shoe would be on the other foot.

  12. Simon Murphy 16 Jun 2009, 4:17pm

    In the 1930’s in Germany there were quite a few prominent gay members of the SS. That didn’t stop Hitler sending thousands of gays to the camps and murdering the senior gay figures in the party.

    BNP supporters like RobN seem to think that his chosen party will support him if it gains power. Such idiocy.

    Then again it is RobN – a gay man so homophobic that he defends black people; jewish people; single parent families (all categories of people his neofacist views tell him to hate instinctively) over gay people.

  13. And there you go again Simon: Slandering people because you have no real facts to justify your arguments. All you do is reinforce why I despise types like you above all others.

  14. Brian Burton 17 Jun 2009, 6:46am


  15. Monkeychops 17 Jun 2009, 12:07pm

    Indeed Brian, a bit like calling people chattering class wankers with no evidence to back up your claim. Plenty to say, but signifying nothing.

  16. Brian: Maybe, but at least we signify nothing with a dictionary.

  17. Brian Burton 18 Jun 2009, 11:16am


    I may not ‘signify’ but many of us have you in ‘Perspective!!’you Popenjay prat!

  18. er.. That’s “Popinjay”, I think you’ll find. ;)

  19. Hare Krishna.

  20. I have the facts of the case monkeychops. Liam is not a stroppy git. The manager said these things in an official interview of a case in which Liam was not involved. he also signed them.In reply to Lee you may be interested to learn that Mr Taylor has not even been spoken to by anyone from Royal Mail let alone disciplined. In fact he has been promoted since the incident.

  21. i work for Royal Mail and am an out Lesbian and unfortunately this seems to be par for the course. Problem is they are so forward thinking in every other part of diversity

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