Gay police man sues after being "forced to quit" by homophobia

Published: June 3, 2014

A gay policeman who claims he was forced to quit after being taunted by fellow officers is suing Metropolitan Police for race and homophobic discrimination.

Special Branch detective Kevin Maxwell, who won a previous discrimination case against the force, claims he was driven to resign after officers taunted him by saying he should become ‘a hairdresser or cabin crew’.

Mr Maxwell, 36, who is claiming race and homophobic discrimination against the Met Police at the Central London Employment Tribunal, also said he was warned by an ex-member of Scotland Yard’s Vetting Unit that officers’ activity on social networking sites was monitored – specifically referring to gay ‘hook-up’ site Grindr.

In his witness statement, Mr Maxwell alleges that after successfully suing the force in 2011 he was the victim of continuing discrimination and that senior officers ‘had already made the strategic decision’ to axe him.

He said: ‘The long-term strategy of the Metropolitan Police was not only in retaliation for my employment tribunal claims, but also an attempt to mitigate any negative publicity and damage to the MPS’s reputation caused by my claims, by harming my own reputation through a formal finding of poor performance or misconduct, to deter me from continuing with my employment tribunal, employment appeal tribunal, claims and defence.’

Mr Maxwell, who lives in a hostel in Kings Cross, north London, served within the Met’s Special Operations Counter Terrorism Command and was signed off work in 2009 after being diagnosed with clinical depression.

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