Norfolk police pays £30,000 to gay policeman

A gay police officer who claimed he was the victim of homophobic bullying and discrimination has accepted £30,000 in an out-of-court settlement.

Inspector Neil Ferguson was due to take the Norfolk Police Authority and Norfolk Police to an employment tribunal this week, but a settlement was reached and the case dismissed.

Angela Black, a solicitor speaking on behalf of Norfolk Police Authority and Norfolk Police, said Ferguson, 45, had lodged a claim for around £400,000, alleging homophobic bullying and discrimination.

The settlement came with an agreement that Ferguson, who is on long-term sick leave, remain in his job with the £30,000 awarded for ‘injury to health and feelings’, despite the police authority and the constabulary denying the allegations.

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