Man wins damages for homophobic abuse by service provider based entirely on gestures


Catherine Casserley, instructed by Unity Law, represented a gay man in what is believed to be the first case of its kind – a claim for direct discrimination and post relationship discrimination in services, based on gestures made by the defendant’s staff member. The claimant attempted to return some locks to a shop following which he was subjected to what the court found were up to 20 incidents of direct discrimination, with the staff member blowing kisses at him and making other gestures. He was awarded £7,500 in damages. 

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