Gay abuse inquiry at Bath bar: No action
A bar at the centre of a row over alleged homophobic remarks has revealed that no staff have lost their jobs following an incident last year.
Belushi's in Green Street launched an investigation into claims a homophobic comment was made by one of its staff to gay people in a group trying to get in.
A storm of protest developed on Facebook over the incident, in which the group of eight people were turned away.
The group claimed that they were told "This isn't a f...ing homosexual bar anyway" as they were leaving.
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But the internal investigation has concluded that there was not enough evidence to justify any sort of disciplinary action against anyone.
Manager Chris Fox said a member of staff had been suspended in the immediate aftermath of the complaint, and statements taken from the party and from other members of staff. He also watched CCTV footage.
But he said: "The CCTV footage was inconclusive with regard to any incident taking place. Given that the incident involved verbal communication and that the CCTV was only able to capture images and not sound, this footage was of little use in the investigation. There are inconsistencies between the statements, which make it very difficult to apportion blame.
"After discussion with the senior management team of Belushi's Bars, it was agreed that there was not enough information to take the case to a disciplinary hearing.
"Belushi's Bath has never and will never tolerate discrimination in any form."
Among the party members was Adam Heimes-Herridge, who complained on the bar's Facebook page.
He said: "We've had no choice but to put it behind us now. But I think it is fair to say that we won't be visiting that establishment again."