Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Christian B&B case: Give the little man a fair hearing

In the case of the Christian B&B owners and the gay couple the old principle 'Be you ever so high the law is above you' seems to have been reinterpreted to 'Be you ever so small the law is above you' (Online, January 18).

Most small family-run businesses like this B&B are individualistic and distinctive, which is part of their charm.

We really need to ask whether the full force of the law on discrimination, health and safety and employment should be applied to small businesses, or whether there should be a small-business exemption.

Business organisations recently pointed out that small businesses can be virtually held to ransom by tribunal claims. The same in this case where the gay couple were having their legal fees paid by the Equality and Human Rights Commission - hardly a fair fight.

NEIL ADDISON

Thomas More Legal Centre

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