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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.
25 Jan 2005
A manager at an international waste disposal company has brought the first claim under sexual orientation legislation which came into...
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
18 Jan 2005
New rules are in force for transgendered people
13 Jan 2005
A group of lesbian prison officers transferred from Holloway Prison after allegations that they ran a regime of sexual harassment,...
10 Jan 2005
British Council tops the gay lobby group Stonewall's index of gay-friendly 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
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.
6 Dec 2004
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12 Nov 2004
Many UK organisations have not taken any action to address recent employment legislation because they believe they will never be...
27 Oct 2004
Gay couples are set to get the same rights to company pensions as married couples. Registering a civil partnership will...
27 Oct 2004
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) university students from across Europe will be invited to attend Out in the City...
11 Oct 2004
Discrimination against gays is to be policed by the new Equality and Human Rights Commission, according to reports.
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.