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Company That Tried to ‘de-gay’ Pub Fined For Discrimination February 25, 2010

Posted by bitchwantstea in News, Sex / Relationships.
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The Colherne Arms pub, based in Earl’s Court, London, had a loyal following of locals, including those from the gay community.  But when the pub changed hands, the new owners decided they wanted a different kind of clientelle – and actively discriminated against their staff and even their customers, simply for being gay.

A tribunal found that gay staff members and customers were referred to as “queens” as the management tried to “de-gay” the pub after it changed management and its name to the Pembroke Arms in 2008.

Former assistant manager Mr Charles Lisboa, 41, said he was told to reprimand a gay couple for their behaviour, and was even asked to put a sign outside that said: “This is not a gay pub.”

The pub’s owner, Realpubs, said it was trying to attract patrons from a wider section of the community and to turn it into a gastropub.  But London Central Employment tribunal clearly disagreed, and found it guilty of discriminatory treatment.

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