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Gay workplace discrimination case dropped in Singapore

Gay workplace discrimination case dropped in Singapore

A Singaporean senior executive who left his position at a department store because he claimed he was harassed over his sexuality has dropped his bid to have sexual orientation recognized as a protected category in Singapore’s employment anti-discrimination laws.

Lawrence Bernard Wee Kim San, 40, worked for the Robinsons department store but said he left because of a hostile environment towards homosexuals at the top of the company.

Wee claims that his direct supervisor asked him if he had ever considered turning straight and told him that their boss had said ‘anything from Lawrence cannot be right to begin with as Lawrence is wrong already as a person.’

Wee failed in an initial lawsuit against Robinsons in which his lawyers argued that the claimed harassment in the workplace amounted to ‘constructive dismissal.’

His lawyers then sought a court declaration that Article 12 of Singapore’s constitution, which states that people deserve equal treatment under the law, should apply to workplace discrimination against people on the grounds of sexuality.

Singapore’s Attorney-General then sought to have the case struck out, which the court agreed to.

Wee then tried to appeal the Attorney-General’s order to the court in the Singapore’s High Court but he has now terminated that bid.

Wee’s lawyers told News Channel Asia that he did not wish to comment on the matter.

Wee’s lawyers have also dropped the cases of three other people who had planned to join the case for similar reasons.

Robinsons has denied Wee’s accusation of homophobic harassment in the workplace.