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Sexual orientation monitoring on the QT
Employers have been warned to think carefully before conducting any monitoring of sexual orientation in the workforce. The TUC says any attempt to monitor the numbers of gay, bisexual or transgender staff must be carried out confidentially and with sensitivity. Despite new laws protecting these groups, unions believe there are still high levels of homophobia in the workplace.

Waste firm pays out 34,345 for gay taunts
An employment tribunal has awarded 34,345 in compensation in the first successful claim under the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003. Manager Rob Whitfield was subjected to repeated taunts, some from senior staff, at waste management company Cleanaway of Brentwood, Essex, because of his homosexuality. Despite complaints, the company failed to stop the harassment. Gay rights groups and trade unions welcomed the result.

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