A female bouncer has won more than $12,000 in compensation in a case in which she accused her employer of subjecting her to harassment and discrimination because she is straight, the Times reports.
The woman was working as head of security at a gay nightclub called Dreams in Bournemouth, England, when she said a manager harassed her and called her derogatory names, such as "breeder." She said her employer then unfairly dismissed her after a dispute with a co-worker.
She filed a complaint, arguing that her employer discriminated against her because she is heterosexual, in violation of the United Kingdom 's Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations Act 2003. The law was originally written to protect gay and lesbian individuals from discrimination, the newspaper notes.
The bar argued that it dismissed the employee for nondiscriminatory reasons, because she had failed to follow procedures.
However, an employment tribunal ruled in the employee's favor, awarding her more than $12,000 for harassment and unfair dismissal, the newspaper reports. The bar tells the newspaper that it is considering an appeal.
In the United States, no federal law protects gay and lesbian workers in the private sector from discrimination in employment. However, some states and local jurisdictions have approved such protections.
Source: The Times