Gay employee’s compensation after boss’s Aids comment

An employment tribunal judge ruled that "such a comment would not have been made to a heterosexual man or woman in similar circumstances"

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The managing director of a Guildford recycling firm who asked a gay employee whether he had Aids must pay him £700 in damages.

Jack Howell, from Deepcut, said he was “mortified” when Peter Chambers made the homophobic jibe after he came out of the toilet looking pale and sweating.

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The office manager was awarded compensation by an employment tribunal judge on Wednesday (January 29) after a panel ruled that the comment “harassed” Mr Howell, 36, on the grounds of his sexual orientation.


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