A former local authority education, training and employment manager has been accused of discriminating against a transsexual teacher, it has emerged.
Philip Morgan is accused of refusing to give a reference to the teacher and of referring to her as both "he" and "she".
The ex-chief worked for Brighton and Hove city council when the alleged incidents took place.
He recently appeared before a General Teaching Council for England disciplinary panel charged with unacceptable professional conduct.
Following the hearing, the panel commenced deliberations and adjourned the case. No date has yet been set for when the verdict will be given.
In other employment discrimination news, a survey recently conducted by CareerBuilder.co.uk found that nearly a third (30 per cent) of female workers in the UK believe they are paid less than male counterparts with the same skills and qualifications, while 24 per cent stated a belief that they have fewer career development chances.