Lewis Hamilton has experienced a meteoric rise in fame ever since the 23-year-old sports phenomenon became the youngest race car driver and the first black to win the exclusive Formula One championship. But the newest story around the F1 champion could definitely tarnish his image. Lewis Hamilton's top employee is accused of unfairly discriminating against an employee rumored to be gay and the racing champion may be called to testify.
Testimony begins today in the potentially explosive hearings. The case involves the claims of the private jet steward to Ron Dennis–Hamilton’s McLaren team boss–that he was unfairly sacked over unfounded rumours that he is gay.
And Mr Boland, of Stowmarket, Suffolk, said when he complained he was warned things could “turn nasty” if he tried to take on the motor racing giant.
The hearing was told he was dismissed from his £32,000-a-year job in 2007 and the rumours – allegedly spread by management – led to unwanted advances from a male colleague.
Boland's claims include unfair dismissal, discrimination or victimisation on grounds of sexual orientation and breach of contract. Hamilton's team boss Ron Dennis is named, along with racing giant McLaren and the two companies that operated the private jet. The hearings are likely to last for "up to two weeks."
Most observers believe Lewis Hamilton will be called to the witness stand. The racing champ reportedly "fears" being deposed but is not fighting the summons. We're really liking Lewis Hamilton these days and if the charges are true, well, let's hope the racing champ was not aware of the situation and wants it resolved amicably.
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