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Bisexual prison officer branded ‘vermin’ by colleagues wins unfair dismissal case

A bisexual prison officer who suffered a “campaign of direct discrimination and harassment” was unfairly dismissed, a tribunal has ruled.

The Cambridge Employment Tribunal heard that Ben Plaistow, who worked at HMP Woodhill in Milton Keynes from 2014 until his dismissal in August 2016, had been slapped, squirted with water, had his bag coloured pink and had fingernails dug into his face by colleagues over the course of a number of months.

Employment Judge Ord ruled that Plaistow was victimised for raising concerns about his treatment and was unfairly dismissed because of his complaints rather than any alleged misconduct.

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April 15, 2019

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