Sexual orientation

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.


The only sexual orientation case in the land comes to court

25 Jan 2005

A manager at an international waste disposal company has brought the first claim under sexual orientation legislation which came into...

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Discrimination law changes make little impact

25 Jan 2005

Just 50 per cent of employers have trained their staff on new discrimination legislation, according to research by Personnel Today's sister title, IRS Employment Review

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Guidelines issued on employment rights of transsexuals

18 Jan 2005

New rules are in force for transgendered people

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HR Hartley

18 Jan 2005

Don't let big business hijack your sexuality

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Lesbian prison officers claim sexual discrimination

13 Jan 2005

A group of lesbian prison officers transferred from Holloway Prison after allegations that they ran a regime of sexual harassment,...

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British Council is UK’s most gay-friendly employer

10 Jan 2005

British Council tops the gay lobby group Stonewall's index of gay-friendly employers.

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Yule rules for employers

21 Dec 2004

Alarm bells could replace Jingle Bells for employers holding Christmas events this year if they fail to prepare for a number of 'party pitfalls', warns Croner Consulting

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Employers unaware of Employment Equality Regulations

13 Dec 2004

It has been a year since the Employment Equality Regulations (religion and sexual orientation) 2003 were introduced. Aksel Lydersen looks at the impact the legislation has had.

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Win one of ten £25 Marks & Spencer vouchers

6 Dec 2004

What are your worst staff Christmas party nightmares? Enter PersonnelToday.com’s online Christmas survey for your chance to win one of ten £25 Marks & Spencer vouchers.

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UK organisations choose to ignore new employment regulations

12 Nov 2004

Many UK organisations have not taken any action to address recent employment legislation because they believe they will never be...

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Company pensions rights to be extended to same-sex couples

27 Oct 2004

Gay couples are set to get the same rights to company pensions as married couples. Registering a civil partnership will...

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City targets a wider talent pool

27 Oct 2004

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) university students from across Europe will be invited to attend Out in the City...

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Gay people to get government support in fight against discrimination

11 Oct 2004

Discrimination against gays is to be policed by the new Equality and Human Rights Commission, according to reports.
The Government...

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Out of site

1 May 2004

Employers in the construction industry need to wake up to anti-discrimination and equal opportunity laws before there is a further slump in skills shortages and manpower.

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