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Landmark pro gay verdict delivered in Serbia court

(Editor's note: Gays and lesbians face discrimination and harassment in Serbia, where homophobia remains high. But one gay man fought back in court, winning Serbia’s first verdict against anti-gay discrimination in the workplace.)

NOVI SAD, Serbia -- A court in the city of Novi Sad in northern Serbia made legal history after it fined a man for discriminating against his gay colleague.

The court ordered the man, known only by his initials D.K., to pay the 25-year-old gay plaintiff 180,00 dinars (1,700 euro) for causing moral damages and violating his personal rights, reputation and honor, according to the portal Balkan Insight.

D.K. will also have to pay the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), the body that represented the plaintiff, 99,000 dinars (about 850 euro) for covering the court costs.

The court ruled on Wednesday (Jan. 9) that D.K. used the term "‘faggot" against the plaintiff, in a "negative, humiliating, disparaging and insulting manner."

The plaintiff, known only by the initials M.A., first contacted the GSA in March 2011 complaining that his colleague was insulting, threatening and physically abusing him.

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