Man who was told to act gay to keep his job wins payout

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A man has won a discrimination payout, after he was told to pretend to be gay or leave. Daniel Hart, 31, was awarded £7,840 in damages after taking action against his former employer, the Amon boutique in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear. Hart, who identifies as bi, was told not to reveal to his then-boss Linda Zhang that he is attracted to women, so he could keep his position. “I was told to stay quiet because I’d be sacked if they found out. I had to keep pretending I was gay – even though I’m not. It was humiliating that I had to hide who I am just to keep a job,” Hart told The Mirror, saying that he was frustrated as his alleged capability or incapability to do his job was judged according to people he happens to fall in love with. He was awarded damages for sex discrimination by North Shields County Court.

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