Singapore courts to decide on LGBT workplace discrimination

Singapore FlagOn Oct 7, 2013 Gay Star News reported: Singapore’s High Court will hear a test case in November on whether LGBTs are protected from discrimination in employment after an executive at a department store was fired after his bosses discovered he was gay

The Singapore High Court will hear a test case on whether LGBTs have protection from discrimination in the workplace after a senior executive at the Robinsons department store was sacked over his sexual orientation.

Lawrence Wee Kim San was recently dismissed by Robinsons and is now applying to the High Court here to declare that Article 12 of the Singapore Constitution should apply to all forms of discrimination at work.

Currently Article 12 mentions only race, religion, descent and place of birth as protected categories but also states, ‘all persons are equal before the law and entitled to the equal protection of the law.’

In May of 2011 at the United Nations’ Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Review, the Singapore Government declared, \’The principle of equality of all persons before the law is enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of Singapore, regardless of gender, sexual orientation and gender identity,\’ and Wee\’s lawyers hope to test that commitment.  Continued

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