Mr B Plaistow v Secretary of State for Justice [2019]

Posted In: Case Law
  • Case Reference
  • Legal Body
    Employment Tribunal (ET)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Dismissal, Discipline and Grievance, Discrimination and Equality, Whistleblowing (Protected Disclosures)
Issues covered: Unfair Dismissal; Direct Discrimination; Harassment; Victimisation; Sexual Orientation; Perceived Sexuality; Protected Disclosure Detriments; Protected Acts

The claimant, a bisexual prison officer, suffered a campaign of direct discrimination and harassment on the basis of his sexuality or perceived sexuality throughout his period of employment.

The claimant was a prison officer at HMP Woodhill. He was summarily dismissed from his post on grounds of misconduct. He initiated proceedings alleging he had been victimised owing to his sexual orientation. He suffered detriment for having made a number of protected disclosures, was victimised for having done protected acts and was unfairly dismissed.

During the course of his employment he was subjected to comments about his hair and his appearance and was regularly called derogatory names, such as,

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This article is correct at 21/02/2019

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