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Cleaners dismissed because of their sexuality


Harry and Felix were dismissed from their cleaning job, and they felt it was because they are a gay couple.  The couple allege that their employer, Stephen, regularly brought up the topic of their sexuality in work conversations, then reduced their hours and told them they wouldn't be given older people's houses to clean.  They were told by another employee that Stephen did not want "people like them" registered with their company.

The men made a complaint of sexuality to the Commission.

In reply, Stephen said that it was their performance and not their sexuality that led him to reduce their hours.  That's what he meant when he referred to "people like them" – otherwise, he said, it would have been easier not to employ them in the first place.

At conciliation, Stephen agreed to pay $350 to Harry and Felix for loss of income, and an undertaking that he train his employees.

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