UK: Tribunal holds company accountable for discriminating against lesbian employee by forcing her to silence her sexual orientation

Author: Sebastian Murphy-Bate, Mailonline (UK), Published on: 23 January 2019

"Lesbian textile worker who was told to keep her sexuality quiet because 'there were no other gay people in the firm' wins sex discrimination case", 21 Jan. 2019

Ashleigh McMahon, a quality control manager at a firm in Lancashire, was told to keep quiet [about her sexuality] as the company 'did not have any other gay people working for it'.

She had disclosed the fact she was gay to her immediate boss…at textiles manufacturing company Redwood TTM…

She hauled the Skelmersdale company and [her boss] before an employment tribunal for discriminating against her because she was gay...

[Her boss he denied the interaction ever took place]

At a tribunal in Liverpool, employment Judge Jim Wardle…found 'support' for the claim:

'In such circumstances we concluded that the claimant had been directly discriminated against on the grounds of her sexual orientation in respect of this one matter as we considered that she had been less favourably treated by being asked not to disclose her sexuality by comparison with a hypothetical person not sharing her protected characteristic in the employment of the respondent…”

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