Just an utterly depressing story as a man was awarded €24k for suffering homophobic taunting in his Credit Union workplace. It was broken down as €8k for the discrimination and €16k for victimisation.
A few examples of what he went through:
- Comment on his sexuality and dress sense
- Suggestion he was in a gay relationship with a coworker.
- An AM mocking his "camp" accent and telling other staff not to contact him for IT issues
- As a group mocking him about his sexuality
- One man saying: "I had better not be left alone in a room with him. I hope it's not contagious."
- Another man referring to him as "one of them, a queer, like".
- A woman constantly calling him "one of the girls"
- Another man making comments like "Do you like taking it up the back passage?"
When he reported it to management they did absolutely nothing.
Now...IT'S 2013. I can't understand one person in a workplace acting like this, let alone a company allowing an atmosphere where both staff and management felt comfortable acting like this.
Is this just a case that the Credit Union need to take urgent steps in terms of educating it's staff on working in a modern workplace or is this sort of thing happening in other Irish companies? This is genuinely appalling.