‘A ‘humiliated’ handbag shop worker forced to pretend to be gay to keep his job because his boss wouldn’t hire straight men has won almost £8,000 in damages, it was revealed today.
Daniel Hart, 31, was ordered to keep his real sexuality quiet or face the boot from a boutique in Gateshead, Tyne & Wear.
Daniel, who is bisexual, says he was ‘humiliated’ because he was told to lie to his boss at Amon, Linda Zhang, who only wanted to hire women and gay men, a tribunal heard.
Mr Hart said: ‘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.’
Assistant manager Karen Price warned him that Ms Zhang would ‘not be able to process’ Mr Hart’s sexuality, North Shields County Court heard. ‘