15 February 2008
Gay man awarded £47k in discrimination case
An employment tribunal has awarded a gay man £47,345 in compensation after he successfully claimed discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.
It was decided that John Reaney had his appointment to the role of youth worker blocked by the Bishop of Hereford Revered Anthony Priddis because of his sexuality.
Mr Reaney had been interviewed by a panel of eight people for the post in 2006. However, a unanimous decision to appoint him was blocked by the bishop after a meeting in which he was questioned about his private life.
Commenting on the case, Mr Reaney said: "Lesbian and gay Christians working within the Church of England are entitled to be treated with humanity."
The compensation awarded to the 42-year-old is intended to cover a range of issues, including psychiatric injury, costs of counselling, costs incurred in seeking work and future loss of wages.