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LGBT Rights

It is against the law for an employer to discriminate against you because of your sexual orientation. You are also protected against harassment or bullying at work.

You should not be discriminated against because of your sexual orientation or 'perceived' sexual orientation. This includes orientation towards someone of the same sex (lesbian/gay), opposite sex (heterosexual) or both (bisexual).

Remember, you must not let people discriminate because of your sexual orientation.  If you reasonably believe you are being subjected to anything from, rude comments, inappropriate comments or being singled out for the most certain jobs we want to hear from you. The law against sexual orientation

discrimination at work covers recruitment, terms and conditions, pay and benefits, training, promotion, redundancy, dismissal and transfer opportunities.


 If an employer gives benefits to unmarried partners of its employees, for example an employee's opposite-sex partner is able to drive the company car, refusing the same benefits to same-sex partners could be discrimination. However, genuine occupational requirements are allowed if an employer can show that the job has to be done by someone of a particular sexual orientation for example, an organisation advising on and promoting gay rights may be able to show that it is important to its credibility that its Chief Executive, who will be the public face of the organisation, should be gay. The sexual orientation of the holder of that post may therefore be a genuine occupational requirement.

If you sincerely feel that you are being discriminated against because of your sexual orientation, please send us an email with a brief description of the behaviour you are being subjected to or give us a call on the number provided. Your first consultation is FREE OF CHARGE.  

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