Openly gay worker was asked ‘do you have AIDS?’ by his boss because he was ILL, tribunal hears

A managing director who asked his openly gay employee if he had AIDS when he saw that he was ill at work dismissed the question as 'office banter' at an employment tribunal hearing.

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Office manager Jack Howell, 36, said he was ‘mortified’ when his boss Peter Chambers made the comment after he had came out of the toilet looking pale and sweating.

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Mr Chambers, who founded Chambers Waste Management Plc in 1964, accepted at the hearing today that the AIDS comment was ‘inappropriate’ but said it was part of ‘office banter’ at the firm of 120 people he runs with his wife Emma.


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