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Microsoft Settles Homophobia Case

Microsoft have reportedly settled the pending litigation regarding homophobic treatment of one of its staff members.Lionhead artist Jamie Durrant suffered homophobic abuse from January 2008, reports the Telegraph.Upon complaining to Human Resources, Durrant claims he was asked not to raise a formal grievance in order to prevent creating an “uneasy atmosphere.” He apparently agreed, on condition that an email was sent out reminding people “how to behave responsibly in a diverse office.” Durrant claimed that months passed without the email being sent, and when he questioned HR on the delay, he was allegedly informed that new policies would have to be drawn up before such an email could be sent out.Durrant had since been off sick with depression for 7 months, and sued the company for £45,000Now, however, it looks as though the matter has been settled. PinkNews report that an employment tribunal last week settled the case, but the terms cannot be disclosed due to a confidentiality clause. Microsoft has, however, confirmed that “Mr Durrant will not continue his employment at Lionhead as part of the agreement.”Durrant declined to comment to PinkNews.

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