Australian Gay Police Officers Win Anti-Discrimination Case

Steven Rapisarda, Shane Housego, Christopher Sheehy, and Christian McDonald, four gay Sydney police officers, won an anti-discrimination case for being subject to drug testing because of their sexuality, The Guardian reported.

Supt. Simon Hardman, a senior officer at Newtown Police Station, said he required their drug tests because they were a “close-knit” group of gay men, and he said three of the men were know for their “promiscuity.” The officers will seek compensation for financial and emotional damages, according to The Guardian.

“This case is significant for several reasons,” the group’s lawyer, Nicholas Stewart, said in a statement. “Firstly, it shows that the NSW police force’s complaints system is vulnerable to misuse and abuse without independent oversight. Secondly, it demonstrates that in an age of progressive and inclusive corporate policies, discrimination can be found alive and well in pockets of any organisation.”


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