Stonewall revises employee guide to sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace

Gay charity Stonewall has launched a revised guide to the 2003 employment regulations concerning sexual orientation in the workplace.

Discrimination at work – it’s so over is a guide designed for employees and is the result of a joint initiative between Stonewall and the TUC.

The guide, available in English and Welsh, offers employees basic information about the regulations protecting them at work, what their rights are and advice on what to do if they experience problems.

“It’s vital that everyone has this information” said Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill. “We want to help all employees who risk being discriminated against at work – from those denied the benefits available to their straight colleagues to those harassed and bullied simply for being gay.

“Our experience working with employers across the country is that taking fair treatment of all staff seriously can make a key contribution to recruiting and retaining the very best human capital. We’re delighted to have worked with the TUC on this initiative.”

Frances O’Grady, deputy general secretary of the TUC, said: “We’re happy to have this opportunity to work with Stonewall on this crucial area of employment law. We’re committed to ensuring this gets the widest possible distribution and reaches all lesbian and gay staff who might benefit from it.”

The 140,000 copies of the leaflets will be sent out across the UK, distributed through unions, libraries, Citizens Advice Bureaux, and gay community venues.

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