Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW

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​Disparaging remarks upon coming out as a homosexual

Homosexual discrimination and victimisation in employment​

The complainant was a head trainer in a training organisation and alleged that his colleagues made disparaging remarks to him and about him when he decided to identify as being homosexual. He said that there was a campaign of harassment against him which included criticising his professionalism and capacity to fulfil his role.
 
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He said that when he made a formal complaint about the conduct, his employer victimised him by criticising his abilities. The complaint was investigated but the conduct persisted, causing the man to suffer a mental health condition. 

The complainant alleged that he was further victimised and subjected to disability discrimination when he returned to work and the employer refused to place him in an alternative position away from the alleged harassers. He said he then had no alternative but to resign.

The complaint was resolved following conciliation when the complainant accepted an undisclosed payment in settlement of his claims. ​

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