A couple who were told by a company director at Khi-Ro Limited that their trans son was “evil” has been awarded £70,000 by an employment tribunal.
The employment tribunal ruled both Vicky and Keith Brett were the victims of direct discrimination by Kate Forman, a company director for Khi-Ro Limited in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.
Tribunal documents said the couple were told by Forman in October 2018 that their trans son was “evil and going to hell”. Forman also told the couple that they were “going to hell for supporting” their trans child.
The employment tribunal also found Forman’s husband, who is also a company director at Khi-Ro, “harassed” the couple because he “was silent and did not seek to intervene” when his wife was “abusing the first and second claimants in that way”.
According to the company’s website, Khi-Ro is a firm specialising in industrial track and trace systems, warehouse tracking and barcode labelling and scanning.
Metro reported Keith Brett worked as an engineer at Khi-Ro, and his wife Vicky was also an engineer as well as company secretary. Vicky was also a director at Khi-Ro at one point during her employment, according to the Companies House website.
The couple filed claims of unfair dismissal and direct discrimination after they left the company. The tribunal found Vicky was unfairly dismissed because she made “protected disclosures” about her trans son. It also ruled she was dismissed in breach of contract, suffered unlawful deductions from her wages and had not been paid for outstanding holiday pay.
The tribunal found Keith was also dismissed in breach of contract and suffered unlawful deductions from his wages and had not been paid for outstanding holiday pay.
Employment Judge Michael Ord ordered Khi-Ro to pay each claimant £35,000 each in “full and final settlement of all claims”. The tribunal document said this payment – which totals £70,000 – must be made within 28 days.
PinkNews contacted Khi-Ro Limited for comment on the ruling. Keith and Vicky Brett have also been contacted by PinkNews for comment.