18 October 2012 #Employment
A gay couple booked to stay at a B&B in Berkshire. Upon arrival they were refused their room by the owner, Mrs Wilkinson. It has been ruled that they were discriminated against and they were awarded £1,800 each for “injury to feelings.” It was held that by refusing the couple access to a double room, they had been treated less favourably than an unmarried heterosexual couple in the same circumstances.
Reacting to the ruling, Mrs Wilkinson said "we believe a person should be free to act upon their sincere beliefs about marriage under their own roof without living in fear of the law. Equality laws have gone too far when they start to intrude into a family home." However, the fact that Mrs Wilkinson was running a business from her home is key to this case, as essentially she refused to provide a service purely because of someone`s sexual orientation.