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Employment

  • 28th June 2011

    Lesbian elected as vice-president of Unison 9

    Maureen Le Marinel has been elected vice-president of Unison

    2:42 PM — The union Unison has elected a lesbian as vice-president. Maureen Le Marinel, the branch secretary for UNISON’s Lancashire Police branch, is the first lesbian to hold the position.

  • 24th June 2011

    US pilot escapes sacking over homophobic rant 25

    The pilot was heard making offensive remarks about cabin crew (Photo: Aaron Escobar)

    3:14 PM — A pilot for Southwest Airlines was briefly suspended, then reinstated, over an anti-gay rant accidentally broadcast to air traffic control. He was heard complaining about "f**king homosexuals" and calling other staff members old, overweight and ugly.

  • 20th June 2011

    Hotel workers win compensation over anti-gay bullying 17

    The pair were awarded a total of £56,000 - but will receive just a fraction

    3:46 PM — Two hotel workers who were mocked and called gay by their boss have won their claims for discrimination. Head chef Martin Owen and manager Andrew Roberts-Evans successfully claimed sex discrimination against Simon Buckley, the director of the Grapes Hotel, in Maentwrog, Snowdonia.

  • 16th June 2011

    New York Starbucks staff accused of mistreating gay employee 36

    Starbucks claimed Ms Allen got the story incorrect

    2:46 PM — Starbucks says it is investigating claims that an employee was mistreated by co-workers because he is gay. A customer at the coffee giant's Centereach, Long Island, store claims she saw three female staff berating the man for 15-20 minutes in a "brazen" display of homophobia.

  • 20th May 2011

    Gay LAPD sergeant wins $1m in discrimination case 23

    The LAPD may appeal the decision

    3:24 PM — An openly gay Los Angeles Police Department sergeant has been awarded $1.16 million (£700,000) after winning his case for discrimination. Ronald Crump, 39, has worked for the LAPD for 16 years. He claimed he was harassed after he claimed about a supervisor's treatment of him because he is gay.

  • 18th April 2011

    Irish trans woman wins £30,000 for discrimination 13

    Louise Hannon won her case

    5:50 PM — An Irish trans woman has been awarded 35,000 euros (£30,000) after an equality tribunal ruled she was discriminated against on the grounds of gender and disability. Louise Hannon claims that her employer, First Direct Logistics Limited, discriminated against her after she revealed she was transitioning.

  • Gay stable-boy sexually harassed female manager 44

    The tribunal said the groom's sexuality did not matter

    2:38 PM — A female manager has won £12,300 in damages after she was groped and harassed by a gay stable-boy. The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, groped Louise Smith, pretended to have sex with her and exposed himself in front of her, an employment tribunal heard.

  • 15th April 2011

    BBC editor sacked for ‘gay harassment’ of colleague

    Jonathan Steer is suing the BBC

    2:02 PM — A former BBC picture editor is suing the corporation after he was sacked for sexually harassing a male colleague. Jonathan Steer, who worked on News At Ten and Newsnight, began to bombard the colleague, referred to as Andrew, with emails and late-night phone calls, a London employment tribunal heard.

  • 6th April 2011

    Court backs Wal-Mart sacking of anti-gay Christian worker 61

    Wal-Mart sacked Tanisha Matthews for harassment

    10:38 AM — A court has backed US retail giant Wal-Mart for sacking an anti-gay worker who claimed she was a victim of discrimination for being a Christian.

  • 4th April 2011

    Lesbian PC wins discrimination case 16

    PC Tracey West won her case for discrimination

    2:11 PM — A lesbian policewoman has won her case for sexual orientation discrimination against her sergeant. PC Tracey West, 42, was bullied by Sgt Michael Service for six months, a tribunal in Glasgow heard.

  • Marc Jacobs president ‘made staff look at gay porn’ 11

    The New York company was named in a lawsuit last week

    10:41 AM — The president of fashion label Marc Jacobs is being sued by its former chief operating officer. Patrice Lataillade claims that company president Robert Duffy made staff watch gay porn, ordered an employee to pole-dance for him and treated the firm as his own private bank account.

  • 28th March 2011

    Maryland House approves transgender protections bill 7

    The bill does not give enough protection, trans campaigners say

    4:16 PM — The Maryland House has approved a bill to give transgender people more legal protection. However, trans campaigners are angry that the bill does not protect them from discrimination in hotels, restaurants and public toilets.

  • 23rd March 2011

    Homophobia widespread in Northern Ireland workplaces 61

    A quarter of LGB people have complained about homophobia at work (Photo: Jyri)

    5:36 PM — Homophobia is endemic in Northern Ireland workplaces, a report from a gay rights organisation says. According to the Rainbow Project, more than a quarter of lesbian, gay and bisexual people have complained about homophobia at work but 70 per cent of these were not happy with how the issue was dealt with.

  • 18th March 2011

    Gay Police Association loses funding 119

    4:49 PM — The Gay Police Association is to lose its funding after a government decision to stop supporting police staff diversity groups.

  • 9th March 2011

    US war veteran sacked for gay slur while defending gay soldiers 39

    Freddy Schmitt was defending the rights of gay soldiers (File photo: US Army)

    10:28 AM — A US war veteran has been sacked for using the word 'faggot' while standing up for the rights of lesbian and gay soldiers. Freddy Schmitt, 82, from New York, had worked for American Airlines for 54 years but was fired after he used the word in a training session.

  • 4th March 2011

    Gay networking site Jake renames but loses control of old web address 6

    JakeTM.com currently advertises Staffordshire Web Design

    12:35 PM — The LGBT social network, Jake, changed its name to "Jake & Jacki Connect" and its web address, but failed to update the old site.

  • 28th February 2011

    Gay priest fired from Philadelphia Catholic university 19

    Father James St George was fired for being gay

    4:14 PM — An openly gay priest has been fired from teaching at a Catholic university in Philadelphia because he has been in a relationship with a man for the past 15 years.

  • Department of Health criticised for £36,000 gay ‘leadership course’ 19

    The course will be held for gay and lesbian NHS managers

    3:46 PM — The Department of Health has been criticised for spending £36,000 on a two-day residential course for gay and lesbian NHS managers. The programme is run by gay rights charity Stonewall to encourage achievement in gay and lesbian staff.

  • 22nd February 2011

    America’s biggest firms pay for transgender treatment 17

    Large companies would rather keep hold of talented staff

    10:27 AM — Some of America's biggest firms offer their employees medical insurance to cover gender reassignment. Companies including Coca Cola, American Express and Yahoo! would prefer to pay out rather than lose valuable employees.

  • 21st February 2011

    Israel appoints first out gay judge 14

    Dori Spivak, an attorney and former Civil Rights Association chairman, was appointed as a judge at the Tel A gay judge has been appointed as Israel's first gay judge

    2:46 PM — The first openly gay judge has been appointed in Israel. Dori Spivak, an attorney and former Civil Rights Association chairman, was appointed as a judge at the Tel Aviv Labor Court on Friday.

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