Gay employee wins £120,000 in unfair dismissal trial

14-02-2007

Gay employee wins £120,000 in unfair dismissal trial
A gay employee has won almost £120,000 in compensation after taunts about his sexuality forced him to quit his job after he had only been there eight days.

Jonah Ditton was sacked as media sales manager for CP Publishing, a Glasgow-based listings producer, after being told he was "psychologically imbalanced".

According to the BBC, Mr Ditton, 32, from Paisley, said he had expected to earn more than £80,000 a year but because he had been harassed and bullied he turned to drink and had to rely on benefits.

He was awarded £118,309 on the grounds of his sexual orientation by an employment tribunal for discrimination

Mr Ditton was able to bring his tribunal claim against CP Publishing by using the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2004. There were no representatives for the Glasgow-based firm present at the tribunal hearing.

"I do not feel my sexuality had any bearing on my ability to do my job. I was truly hurt and upset," Mr Ditton said.

"They are foul individuals and they should be punished as much as possible."

Mr Ditton's award also included £76,937 for pecuniary loss, £10,000 for injury to feelings, £26,081 for the company's failure to follow statutory procedures and £5,291 interest.

Solicitor Mark Ellis won a cult following last month when he suggested that the government should scrap the unfair dismissal law. According to Personneltoday.com, he argued on his blog that productivity would soar if employers could sack people they didn't like.

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