The couple said they were "shaking with disbelief" after reading the advert
A gay couple has received a £5,000 pay out after an estate agent in Suffolk wrote the word "lesbians" in an advert for a house they were selling.
The word appeared in small print at the bottom of an internet description of the £650,000 detached home of Suzanne Richards, 36, and Sarah Dobinson, 44.
Lawyers said bosses at Jackson-Stops & Staff, in Bury St Edmunds, had breached discrimination law.
Jackson-Stops & Staff said the incident had resulted in a disciplinary hearing.
Ms Richards and Ms Dobinson, who live near Sudbury, Suffolk, said they were "shaking with disbelief" when they read the advert on www.rightmove.co.uk.
'Narrowly avoided' dismissal
In a statement, they added: "Publicly linking our home address with our sexuality could have ruined our lives."
The couple's lawyers, Russell Jones & Walker, said the estate agent had settled the case before it reached court.
Philip Gilbey, a partner in Jackson-Stops & Staff, said: "It was the regrettable action of an individual uploading the property details - it wasn't the butt of an office joke.
"It resulted in a formal disciplinary hearing and that person has narrowly avoided instant dismissal."