Gay masseur wins discrimination case in Czech Republic

January 18, 2007

In what is being billed as a landmark ruling, a Czech court recently ruled in favor of a gay man claiming he was denied a job as a masseur because of his sexuality.

According to news agency AFP, 43-year-old Lech Sydor was awarded 70,000 koruna (approximately $3,130) and received an apology for his treatment by a health center that allegedly turned him down for a job after discovering he is gay.

This is the first time a Czech court has ruled on the issue of work discrimination related to sexual orientation, the news agency reported.

"This is the first time in this country that a court has recognized discrimination on the grounds of sexual preference,” gay rights leader Jiri Hromada told AFP. "It is a precedent. We hope it will encourage others not to fear launching similar proceedings."

The ruling follows closely in the footsteps of legislation passed last year in the Czech Republic that allows the country’s gay and lesbian couples to register their partnerships.

More than 200 couples have taken advantage of the legislation since it went into effect in July, according to PinkNews.co.uk. – Issued by Gay Link Content

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