Tribunal awards £35,000 in sexual orientation case

A homosexual office manager, who was nicknamed Sebastian by senior colleagues after an effeminate comedy series character, has won £35,000 at an employment tribunal.

Robert Whitfield, 28, said he had been subjected to a campaign of homophobic abuse during his time working for waste management firm Cleanaway in Brentwood, Essex.

He sued for breach of contract, unfair dismissal and victimisation because of sexual orientation.

His solicitor said he was the first worker in the UK to win a case under legislation that banned discrimination against people because of their sexual orientation.

Following the ruling Whitfield, from Colchester, said he was delighted at the decision and hoped it would send a clear signal to other employers.

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