Friday, January 09, 2009
I'm glad to see a clamp down on using homosexuality as a derogatory term in the workplace.
A happily married straight man, Stephen English, was subjected to bullying in the workplace when employees constantly called him "faggot" and published a story about him wearing skin tight lycra shots to Brighton Pride.
His former employers argued that he was not subject to harassment based on his sexual orientation because he his colleagues new he wasn't really gay.
The Court of Appeal granted that homophobic "banter" constitutes harassment regardless of the orientation of the victim.
I'm delighted at the ruling. Why should a straight person not be entitled to protection from homophobic bullying just because he doesn't happen to be gay?