Employers have been warned to ensure that they are operating inside
sexual discrimination laws after a media sales manager was awarded
nearly £120,000 in damages.
Jonah Ditton was subject to abuse and ridicule from fellow workers
for being homosexual before being fired after just eight
However, he sued his employer on the grounds of sexual
discrimination and has been rewarded with the largest ever payout
related to such a case.
Mr Ditton said: "I was very upset and very embarrassed at what they
did to me. These were grade A insults in the workplace in front of
people who are supposed to look up to you. My CV has been destroyed
by them and all my future earnings have been affected."
As well as missing out on expected earnings of £80,000 per year, Mr
Ditton claimed that he turned to drink following his departure from
the firm and was forced to rely on benefits to survive.
Just over £26,000 of the fine handed out was cited on the grounds
that the company failed to follow statutory procedures
Lindsey Cartwright, an employment law specialist, has claimed that
this case highlights the high costs involved in failing to stay
within sexual discrimination laws and draws attention to the work
that many employers still need to do to create an inclusive working
environment for all.
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