Ruling on homophobic banter opens up a 'Pandora's attic.'

Javaid, Makbool
January 2009
People Management;1/29/2009, Vol. 15 Issue 3, p52
The article discusses the court case English v. Thomas Sanderson Ltd. ruled by the British Court of Appeal in 2008. The court has held, by a majority, that homophobic banter amounts to unlawful harassment even when the victim's tormentors know he is not gay. The dissenting judge took the view that harassment is perpetrated on the ground of sexual orientation only where the reason is someone's actual, perceived or assumed sexual orientation.


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