Lesbian couple awarded damages for sexual orientation discrimination

A lesbian couple have been awarded over £80,000 in damages after winning a sexual orientation discrimination case against their previous employers.

Leeds Employment Tribunal awarded Paula Temple and Stefanie Boulila £58,714 and £22,840 respectively, following “cruel, oppressive and malicious” conduct by several board members of Future Arts Limited, a not for profit social enterprise organisation.

Ms Temple and Ms Boulila said after the hearing: “We are very happy that our claim for justice was recognised by the tribunal.

“There is a general belief that discrimination doesn’t happen anymore even though it is an everyday reality in a lot of people’s lives.

“We are convinced that the small number of cases brought forward do not reflect the real amount of incidences.”

Sarah Edwards, of Minster Law Solicitors, said: “Awards for aggravated damages are not common but the tribunal found that if ever a case warranted an award of aggravated damages then this was it.

“Despite only 610 claims for sexual orientation discrimination being made in the tribunal last year, of which only 20 were successful at a hearing, this claim demonstrates that discrimination because of sexual orientation does still happen in the workplace.

She added: “The outcome should give confidence to employees that their claims will be taken seriously.”

  • If you have been the victim of discrimination in the workplace call one of our Employment Law experts at PM Law in Sheffield on 0114 296 5444.
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