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I was bullied at work for being gay but my boss sacked me instead of helping me

LOST my supermarket job for sticking up for gay rights. DEAR DEIDRE: LOST my supermarket job for sticking up for gay rights.

I am a guy of 22. There were a lot of homophobic comments being made to my face and behind my back at work. I never felt I could say anything to my boss as I thought it would lead to me being picked on even more.

I was sacked after taking to Facebook to talk about the homophobic comments
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Credit: Getty - Contributor I was sacked after taking to Facebook to talk about the homophobic comments Credit: Getty-Contributor

I posted on Facebook about my experiences, though I didn't say where I worked, and my boss sacked me for gross misconduct.

He even told my parents none of what I said was true and I was not being bullied. My mum believed him.

I felt I was always treated differently from colleagues and I am wondering whether to take my boss to court. I now have no work and no training course and I am living on benefits.

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Posting on Facebook was not the way to handle this but you may have a case for unfair dismissal and perhaps for discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation. DEIDRE SAYS: Posting on Facebook was not the way to handle this but you may have a case for unfair dismissal and perhaps for discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation.

Talk to Acas, who help with work issues ( acas.org.uk , 0300 123 1100).

Tell your parents how hurt you were they did not back you up. My e-leaflet Help For Job-hunters has lots of information available.



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