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Sexual orientation discrimination legislation has been in place in the UK since 2003. Sexual orientation is a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010. The law is primarily designed to protect lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) employees and job applicants against direct and indirect sexual orientation discrimination, and harassment and victimisation because of someone's sexual orientation.
However, it is well-established in UK case law that a heterosexual individual can also be subjected to sexual orientation discrimination. For example, this could occur where a homophobic taunt is used towards an individual whom the perpetrator knows is not actually gay (English v Thomas Sanderson Blinds Ltd).
“Gender reassignment” is a separate protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010. This means that transgender individuals are also protected against discrimination in the workplace.
11 Jun 2020
Diversity and inclusion could form a cornerstone of businesses' recovery after the coronavirus pandemic, the CIPD's Festival of Work heard.
12 Feb 2020
Personnel Today is launching a new email newsletter for 2020, focusing on all aspects of diversity and inclusion.
30 Jan 2020
Newcastle City Council has been named the most inclusive employer by LGBT+ charity Stonewall.
The local authority received the accolade...
14 Aug 2019
A bus driver has been suspended after reportedly refusing to drive a bus decorated with the rainbow-coloured LGBT pride flag....
12 Jul 2019
Outgoing prime minister Theresa May has announced a new independent body responsible for challenging social injustices and creating a fairer...
21 Jun 2019
With same-sex relationships considered a criminal offence in 70 countries, employers need to exercise their duty of care towards LGBTQ+ staff who travel abroad.
17 May 2019
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) staff are facing “shockingly high” levels of sexual harassment and assault, but almost two-thirds...
10 Jul 2018
Croydon Council and ISS UK and Ireland received the overall winner prizes for their inclusion policies at this evening’s 2018...
20 Jun 2018
Businesses need to “think outside the box” when recruiting if they want to improve diversity across their workforces – especially...
27 May 2018
Recent research has highlighted that line management is a critical function when it comes to supporting trans employees, as Rosa...
31 Jan 2018
Stonewall has published its inaugural list of the most transgender inclusive employers in the UK with three law firms, three...
11 Oct 2017
HR has a key role in preventing discrimination against transgender people. Jennie Kermode, author of a new book on transgender...
3 Feb 2016
This week, the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal was expected to hear the high-profile case of a bakery accused of...
3 Dec 2015
HMRC impressed the judges and received the Award for Diversity and Inclusion at the Personnel Today Awards 2015. Here we...