A special needs teacher who claimed she suffered discrimination because she is a lesbian has won a £15,000 payout.

Jill Young, 37, began working at Dundonald school in Northern Ireland in September 2003 and left three years later.

She accused the principal of bullying and harassing her.

The South Eastern Education and Library Board agreed to give her the payout without admitting liability.

Ms Young alleged that when the principal and vice-principal of the school discovered she was a lesbian, they treated her worse than other staff members and bullied her.

She claimed that the principal suggested she should leave and that unfounded complaints had been made about her work.

The education board said it was committed to equality but would not comment on individual cases.

Details of the case emerged in a list published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.