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British male nude model, 62, wins 10K over sex bias

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A 62-year-old male nude model from the UK was awarded more than £10,000 ($15,700) in sexual discrimination cases against a college that fired him while continuing to employ females to pose.

Andrew Rogers, who suffers from the rare blood disorder Raynaud's disease and osteoporosis, had been life-modeling for art students at Weston College in southwestern England for 25 years when he was made redundant in July 2010.

The model signed up to an agency to find new work, and found that a female former colleague was being hired to pose nude for life drawing classes at the college just two months after his dismissal, the Weston Mercury reported.

Rogers successfully claimed sex discrimination at the Bristol Employment Tribunal in October 2010 and was awarded £6,230 in compensation, with the college ordered to contribute £2,000 to his costs.

The panel said, "The college's actions in failing to consider him for life modeling work because of his sex was distressing and has caused him considerable unhappiness."

Rogers hoped to resume work at the college, but after signing up to another agency he discovered the hours were again being given to his former colleague.

He claimed sexual discrimination for a second time and again the panel found in his favor -- awarding him a further £5,000.

The panel said, "There is no obvious explanation for continuing to fail to offer Mr. Rogers that work."

Rogers said, "When I won the first tribunal I thought they would have learned their lesson but no changes were put in place. I wanted to go back but they did not offer me any work."

A Weston College spokesman said, "The employment tribunal found that there were a number of legitimate reasons that would make it difficult for Mr. Rogers to return to the college."

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