Northern Ireland - #163;15k payout for lesbian teacher

2nd July 2010 at 01:00

A former teacher at a special school in Dundonald has been awarded #163;15,000 after claiming she was discriminated against for being a lesbian.

Jill Young, who worked at Tor Bank School, said she was bullied by her principal and vice-principal after they discovered she was gay.

Ms Young alleged that on one occasion the principal, referring to a sheet of paper she was holding, said he hoped it was her letter of resignation, documents released by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland reveal. She also alleged that the vice-principal telephoned a classroom assistant to discuss Ms Young's sexuality.

Ms Young was in a relationship with a female employee at the school and they had entered into a civil partnership. She claimed that when they got engaged, there was no mention made in the school news-sheet and alleges she was told it would have been offensive to include it.

She also claimed unfounded complaints were made about her work and that she was given insufficient support, the documents released last month show.

Ms Young started work at the school in 2003 and left in 2006, claiming constructive dismissal.

The South Eastern Education and Library Board agreed to pay the money to Ms Young without admitting liability. DM OR.

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