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£50,000 to a couple who were not gay

21 June 2011 #Employment


There has been a case reported in the press today about two hotel workers repeatedly called gay by their boss - even though they weren`t -being awarded more than £50,000 between them, a proportion of which was for injury to feelings as a result of the discrimination that they suffered.

Direct discrimination under the Equality Act 2010 occurs where an employer treats an employee less favourably because of a protected characteristic such as sexual orientation.  It can also occur where an employer perceives that the employee is of a certain sexual orientation.  Employers need to remember that it does not matter if the employee is gay or not.  There is no defence to direct discrimination other than in the area of age discrimination.
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