In a ruling believed to be one of first impression, a federal judge in Uniondale has found discrimination against homosexuals in an employment context to be actionable as an Equal Protection violation.

Eastern District Judge Arthur D. Spatt issued the ruling in upholding a $380,000 verdict that a jury awarded two weeks ago to a former Nassau County police officer who claimed he had been hounded out of his job by his fellow officers and supervisors after they learned he was gay.

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