£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.
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.
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.
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
I was mysteriously dismissed after my boss found out I was gay. Although I didn’t know that was the reason at the time.
Depending how long afterwards you discovered you may still have a case.
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.
You can’t possibly have rational behaviour where religion is concerned. Apparently his employers are or were Jehovah’s Witnesses.
What a disgrace. Criminal proceedings should be brought under the grounds of harassment.
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!