Gay employee wins £120,000 at tribunal after being bullied about his sexuality

A gay employee who lasted just eight days in a job after being bullied about his sexuality has won almost £120,000 compensation.

Jonah Ditton, 32, from Paisley, was sacked as media sales manager for Glasgow-based listings producer CP Publishing after being told he was psychologically imbalanced.

An employment tribunal has awarded £79,937 for pecuniary loss, £10,000 for injury to feelings, £26,081 for the firm’s failure to follow statutory procedures and £5,291 interest.

Tribunal chairman June Cape said: “The conduct of the respondent was high-handed, malicious, insulting and oppressive,” reports the BBC.

“While the claimant was only employed for a short period, the respondent overtly abused and humiliated him on the grounds of his sexual orientation persistently over that period of time,” she added.

Ditton said: “I was truly hurt and upset. I do not feel my sexuality had any bearing on my ability to do my job. They are foul individuals and they should be punished as much as possible.”

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