Friday, 19 November, 2010
A homosexual man, who suffered workplace bullying and harassment due to his sexuality, has won his battle for compensation after being made redundant by his employers.
Steven Bain from Glasgow was employed as a Visitor Service Assistant at The Lighthouse architecture and design centre from 2006 until being made redundant in October 2009.
He claimed that during his employment work colleagues would make derogatory remarks about his sexuality and leave a room when he entered it â€“ feigning disgust.
He complained to his employers about the treatment he was receiving, but his grievances were dismissed. Five months after making his complaints, he was dismissed.
In his claim for harassment on sexual grounds and unfair dismissal, Steven alleged that the complaints about his treatment at The Lighthouse were reason for his dismissal.
The Employment Tribunal agreed with Steven and, announcing the compensation award against his former employers, Judge Lucy Wiseman commented that he had endured working in a hostile and degrading environment from which he was given no protection by his employers.
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