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Gay soldier receives MoD apology

Bombardier Kerry Fletcher
Miss Fletcher could receive up to 400,000 compensation

A lesbian soldier who was subjected to a campaign of sexual harassment by a male sergeant has received an apology from the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Lance Bombardier Kerry Fletcher, 31, originally from Sheffield, won her claim at a tribunal in 2007 that she was pestered for sex by the sergeant.

She said she was humiliated at an Army stables in North Yorkshire and is seeking compensation of up to 400,000.

At a hearing in Leeds on Wednesday, the MoD "offered an apology".

Monica Carss-Frisk QC, representing the MoD, told the tribunal panel: "Can I just make it clear I do, on behalf of the MoD, offer an apology for the conduct that led to your findings."

Royal Artillery

Ms Fletcher, who now lives in Birmingham and is openly gay, said the sergeant and other male colleagues tried to destroy her career because she spurned his advances.

The tribunal heard that the unnamed staff sergeant pestered Ms Fletcher for sex and sent her explicit text messages while she worked at the Army stables.

She resigned in February after serving in the Army's Royal Artillery for 10 years.

John MacKenzie, representing Ms Fletcher, said his client had been forced to hand in her notice after she won her case.

But the MoD said it did not accept the soldier had tendered her resignation as a result of discrimination.

Ms Carss-Frisk said it was likely the soldier would have left the Army anyway.

Ms Fletcher is expected to know how much compensation she will receive from the MoD within 28 days.


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