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Former Drag Queen Branded "Faggot" & "Poof" Wins £30,000

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A former drag queen, Dean Awford, 42, who used to appear in clubs in Birmingham and Manchester as 'Scarlett Eclipse', has won £30,000 for  after he sued former boss David Gray of Gray's At The Northwick in Worcester.

Mr. Awford claimed Mr. Gray called him a "faggot" and a "poof"; repeatedly referred to him as "she" and "her"; and once told a customer he had "knickers to match" his leather shoes.

Despite having his claim for  rejected, Judge David Kearsley ruled that comments by Mr Gray, including: "Call yourself a f***ing manager - you couldn't organise a p***-up in a brewery" and "F*** off" constituted .

Upon hearing the verdict Mr. Awford said: "I am delighted that the  case was upheld.  I suppose as far as Gray's At The Northwick are concerned, I could be the Christmas fairy."

As regards the claim for , Judge Kearsley had this to say:

"Many homosexual males would have found the comments made by Mr. Gray offensive.  The tribunal is not condoning Mr Gray's behaviour.

"Equally many women would have found the comments about their underwear offensive.

"But we have considered the character of the claimant and the absence of any complaint during the period of employment.

"The tribunal doesn't accept that Mr. Gray made any comments that were particularly capable of constituting harassment.

"He referred to himself as Dean the Queen and would recount details of his sexual activity.

"(Mr. Awford) believed he was working in his dream job."

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