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Salesman unfairly dismissed after complaint over anti-gay bullying

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  1. Robert in S. Kensington 20 Jul 2012, 2:13pm

    £44,000 is a pittance. It should have been £400,000 to really nail the employer and those who persecuted him. Glad the tribunal ruled in his favour though and hopefully send a warning that this sort of thing won’t be tolerated. I can almost hear the ‘christian’ right bleating on about abuse of religious freedom in the workplace.

  2. Good to see the ET enforcing the law – especially that homophobia can be based on perceived (as well as actual) orientation.

    Would have preferred to have seen harsher penalties, but I do not know the salary that Austin was earning – on which (at least some of) the damages would have been based.

    1. Dave North 20 Jul 2012, 2:48pm

      It was around 25k, so 44k is a couple of years pay, more or less.

      The company was also mostly run by Jehovah’s Witnesses and he was subjected to unwanted religious discussions, then when he made a complaint was dismissed.


  3. Jim Fields Nashville tn 20 Jul 2012, 3:43pm

    I do hope the man found another job and that the money awarded him is not taxable .. I hope that others doing business with the company will find another company to do business with ..
    be only fair to put them out of business

  4. I was mysteriously dismissed after my boss found out I was gay. Although I didn’t know that was the reason at the time.

    1. Depending how long afterwards you discovered you may still have a case.

  5. The employer fired an employee who complained about being bullied with anti-LGBT taunts? The employer didn’t fire the bullies? That’s completely disgusting and backwards.

    1. Paddyswurds 22 Jul 2012, 6:21pm

      You can’t possibly have rational behaviour where religion is concerned. Apparently his employers are or were Jehovah’s Witnesses.

  6. What a disgrace. Criminal proceedings should be brought under the grounds of harassment.

  7. Makes you realise how lucky you are. I work for a great company who even has an HIV policy….. Glad the ET saw in his favour!

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