There are still deep pockets of intolerance in our supposedly enlightened society when it comes to homosexuals.
It shouldn't surprise us that a gay jail guard endured years of bullying and taunts from his colleagues while his superiors largely turned a blind eye. The macho culture of uniformed public services can sometimes feel especially threatened by homosexuality in its midst. Despite official policies of acceptance, it's hard to change deeply ingrained attitudes.
One hopes things have improved since Robert Ranger was forced to leave his job at the provincially run Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre in 2002 after cruel homophobic harassment.
Ranger's decade-long odyssey for compensation for the bullying that left him unable to work has ended with a $98,000 award from the Ontario Grievance Settlement Board, The Canadian Press reports.
The board, which handles complaints from Ontario public servants, has ordered the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services to pay the amountRead More »from Gay former jail guard awarded $98k for bullying, harassment at Ottawa prison