09 July 2009
Lesbian couple win compensation for unfair dismissal
A lesbian couple who claimed they suffered unfair treatment at the hands of colleagues have been successful in their claims of unfair dismissal.
The pair alleged that they had been harassed by co-workers over their sexuality.
Beth Moules and Sharleen Amos, who are both 25 years old, worked as saleswomen for Aquatech Rainsoft, which is headquartered in Exhibition House, Bristol.
They made complaints over their treatment at the firm and were told by their boss that "lesbians had never and would never suffer in the way that Jews had".
Days after their complaints, Ms Amos was fired and Moules resigned claiming constructive dismissal.
During a recent tribunal, it was ruled that Ms Moules should receive over £7,000 for unfair dismissal, while Ms Amos was awarded £5,000 for unfair dismissal in line with an out-of-court settlement.
In addition, they each won £5,000 for discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and for hurt feelings.