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Dublin Bus to pay gay passenger €7,500 over homophobic slurs

Driver felt 'threatened' by videoing

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Dublin Bus denied that anti-gay slurs were used by the driver

Dublin Bus denied that anti-gay slurs were used by the driver

Dublin Bus denied that anti-gay slurs were used by the driver

Dublin Bus has been ordered to pay a gay passenger €7,500 compensation after a driver was alleged to have subjected the man to anti-gay slurs.

In the case, the gay passenger alleged that the bus driver called him a "f**got" and "schizo" and told him "go on you queer" on different occasions in 2017 and 2018.

Dublin Bus denied those terms were used and told a Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) hearing the driver had made a formal complaint to gardaí concerning the passenger's behaviour and is awaiting the outcome of that complaint.

The company said the passenger has 75,000 followers on his Instagram account and one of his videos posted online was of the driver finishing his shift at Talbot Street while the passenger stands on the pavement and shouts commentary about the driver.

Dublin Bus told the hearing the driver felt threatened by the passenger videoing him and went on sick leave for three months.

Harassment

However, WRC adjudication officer Roger McGrath found the terms were used and the passenger was subjected to harassment on the grounds of sexual orientation.

Mr McGrath found that "the interactions with the driver took place as described by the complainant".

He added that respect between the passenger and driver was "sadly lacking".

Mr McGrath said that he was making the €7,500 award taking into account the stress suffered by the passenger and the protracted nature of the difficulties encountered.

The passenger alleged that the distressing and unwanted conduct he was subjected to had the purpose or effect of violating his dignity and creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading and offensive environment for him.

Dublin Bus told the hearing that the incidents complained of by the complainant were investigated but it was deemed that no disciplinary action should be taken against the driver.

The company denied that the anti-gay slurs were used but did say that relations between the driver and passenger became confrontational.

A spokeswoman for Dublin Bus said it noted the WRC outcome.


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