Straight Worker at Gay Club in UK Wins Discrimination Case

January 11, 2008 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - The representative for a straight worker at a gay club in the U.K. has successfully used a sexual orientation anti-discrimination law to win a lawsuit for her client.

According to the UK’s The Times, Sharon Legg, 33, who worked on the door at Dreams in Bournemouth, and who is a married mother of three was awarded £3,000 in compensation for being harassed for being “straight,” and a further £3,222 for being unfairly dismissed. Legg told an employment tribunal she was frequently subjected to abuse because she is not a lesbian.

Legg claimed her manager repeatedly called her derogatory names such as “breeder,” and that fellow doorstaff refused to obey her instructions and constantly made life difficult for her. She was eventually terminated without warning after a dispute with a colleague.

Sarah Courtney, Legg’s lawyer, used the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations Act 2003 to win the case.

Nick King, director of Rubyz, the owner of the club, said the company was considering appealing the decision.

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