British Gays Get Rights In Workplace

Discrimination against gay people in the British workplace will be subject to greater restrictions due to actions of the court. Llillian Ladele, the reigstrar who refused to conduct a same sex civil partnership “as a matter of religious conscience” lost her case against the local government and a worker who was called a “faggot” by colleagues won his case in court. The employment appeal tribunal said the Islington Council had every right to discipline Ms. ladele because her refusal to carry out responsibilities of her position was blatantly an act of discrimination. It also ruled an individual who was constantly insulted by fellow workers by expressions such as “faggot” was being forced to work in a hostile environment.

These decisions reflect a growing trend that rights of gays and lesbians will be protected in the British workplace.