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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

UK Employment Discrimination

The UK last week saw a landmark ruling regarding workplace discrimination. The Bishop of Hereford was assessed £47,345 in compensation to John Reaney, a gay man who brought a claim of employment discrimination. Reaney, a 42-year-old from North Wales, took the Hereford Diocesan Board of Finance to an employment tribunal after his appointment to the role of youth worker was blocked on the grounds of his sexuality by the Bishop of Hereford, the Rt Rev Anthony Priddis.

According to the LGBT History Month UK Blog, research shows that, in the UK, as many as 1 in 10 gay men and 1 in 8 lesbians have been harassed at work in the past year because of their sexual orientation. However, it is also noted that the numbers show that very few cases reach the courts.


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