28 February 2008
School issues apology in sexual orientation discrimination case
A school has apologised and offered to pay out compensation after homophobic comments made by the head teacher caused a young gay teacher to resign.
The newly qualified teacher, referred to simply as David, complained to an employment tribunal that he had been discriminated against and harassed at the inner city school in London.
He claimed that, during his first term, the head had told him to stop "banging on" about gay issues when he dealt with homophobic matters in the classroom, adding he was not "the only one in the village".
Commenting on the case, the teacher said: "All I wanted was an apology and recognition that the comments made by my head teacher were homophobic and that the treatment I received at the hands of my head teacher was against the law."
Last month, Stonewall Scotland organised an event to raise awareness of employment law on sexual orientation and allow employers to discuss how to tackle homophobia in the workplace.