20 February 2008
Gay salesman tells tribunal he was victim of unlawful discrimination
A gay car salesman has told an employment tribunal that he was the victim of unlawful discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.
Ben Hamilton, who worked at a BMW showroom, said he was forced to quit his job as a result of the homophobic abuse he suffered.
According to the 26-year-old, he received derogatory remarks from colleagues, was banned from wearing pink clothing to work and was mocked for attending an Elton John concert.
Mr Hamilton told the tribunal: "It was soon painfully clear gay men were regarded as fair game for abuse, bullying and harassment because of their sexuality."
He claims the abuse he suffered affected his confidence and he was later signed off sick by his doctor after exhibiting signs of extreme stress. The hearing continues.
According to Peninsula, 69 per cent of employees surveyed this year witnessed workplace bullying, PersonnelToday.com reported recently.