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Employees claim they were victimised by gay charity

Jessica Geen March 3, 2009

Two former employees of Manchester’s Lesbian and Gay Foundation claim they were victimised and discriminated against by the charity.

At a tribunal last month, Alistair Gault and Molly Dunn claimed that the organisation discriminated against them due to their ages.

Ms Dunn is claiming unfair dismissal against the LGF and age discrimination against the charity and its senior officers at the time, chief executive Paul Martin, who is still in his post, and deputy chief executive Jacqui Cross, who is now head officer for equality and diversity at Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council.

Mr Gault is claiming age discrimination against the LGF, Mr Martin and Ms Cross.

Ms Dunn was a therapeutic services manager, while Mr Gault worked as a training manager at the charity.

According to gay website, a source said the statements make for “extremely interesting reading”.

“This is a concerted effort to make the LGF accountable and bring it back to the community it is supposed to serve,” he told the website.

He claimed that in the past, other disgruntled employees have accepted settlements, keeping the details out of the public domain.

Although the tribunal was held last month, a verdict is not expected for several weeks.

When contacted by, a charity spokesman said: “The Lesbian and Gay Foundation has been involved in an employment case which we have robustly contested.

“We expect the verdict within the next four weeks and we will make a full statement then.”

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