Gay care worker wins unfair dismissal case

A West Midlands employment tribunal ruled that Woodhaven Residential Home discriminated against Sean Williams because of his sexual orientation.

Williams claimed his former employer did not follow a dismissal procedure and sacked him without warning, Pink News reports.

Linda Tye, manager at Woodhaven, told the tribunal that Marlene Obhrai, who helped run the home, turned against Williams when she found out he was gay.

Obhrai denied the claim and argued that William’s work was below standard and that he had received a police caution for not paying a taxi fair.

In his defence, Williams told the tribunal: “A caution is no reason to be dismissed. Another carer at the home was involved in an offence but no action was taken by the management against that person.”

Williams was awarded £3,725 after the tribunal found that he had been discriminated against because of his sexual orientation. The award also took into account personal injury. 


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