Two judgments handed down at the end of December both relate, directly or indirectly, to sexual orientation discrimination. As it happens, neither of the claimants was gay.
In Stephen English v Thomas Sanderson  EWCA 1421, first reported on solicitorsjournal.com on 22 December, the Court of Appeal held that it is discriminatory to subject a work colleague to mockery suggesting that he is homosexual, even when his tormentors know for a fact that he is straight. In London Borough of Islington v Ladele  UKEAT 0453/08 (see SJ, 19 December 2008), the EAT considered what happens when there is a conflict between an organisation’s commitment to gay rights and the rights of one of its employees who – as a matter of religious c...
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