18 July 2012
Workplace bullying leads to compensation award
An employment tribunal has ruled that a sales rep is entitled to £44,000 in compensation on the grounds of bullying.
Michael Austin took legal action packaging firm Samuel Grant after he was repeatedly called homosexual by colleagues in Jarrow purely on the basis that he does not like football, the Daily Mail reports.
The 48-year-old told a hearing in Newcastle that he was summarily sacked from his role - which included annual wages of £25,000 - after he made a complaint to bosses about his co-workers inappropriate comments.
Mr Austin, who is married with a child, explained he was branded a "crafty butcher" by his Newcastle United-supporting colleagues.
In addition, he claims this discrimination deteriorated when people at his work found out he was interested in the arts and culture.
Following the case, the professional said his time at Samuel Grant was "an absolutely unbearable, dreadful nightmare from day one".
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Posted by Trusha Vyas