Hereford withdraws appeal against John Reaney award

The Hereford Diocesan Board of Finance has withdrawn the notice of appeal it filed in March in the employment discrimination case involving John Reaney.

In July 2007, the tribunal decided that the diocese had unlawfully discriminated against Mr Reaney because of his sexual orientation, when the Bishop of Hereford, the Rt Revd Anthony Priddis, refused to confirm his appointment as Diocesan Youth Officer in July 2006. The diocese did not appeal against this finding, and said in a statement in February: “We are glad we can draw a line under this unhappy situation.” Despite that statement the diocese filed a notice of appeal against the major portion of the Remedies judgment in March.

Mr Reaney will now receive the full award directed by a Cardiff employment tribunal in February, which will be in excess of £47,000. He had been employed by the Weston Spirit charity but was made redundant earlier this year as had been forecast in his submission to the Remedies hearing last December.

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