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Sexual Orientation Discrimination

It is against the law for your employer to discriminate against, victimise or harass you because of your sexual orientation, or your perceived sexual orientation.

The Equality Act 2010 definition of “Sexual Orientation” includes orientation towards:

  • those of the opposite sex (heterosexual)
  • those of the same sex (lesbians and gay men)
  • those of the same sex and the opposite sex (bisexual)

Protection against discrimination starts when you apply for a job and continues through your employment. Discrimination protection covers recruitment, terms and conditions of employment, pay, status, training, promotion, redundancy and dismissal.

You may work with a colleague who has strong views on your sexual orientation because of their religion. However, this does not mean they can bully or harass you. In the workplace, everyone has the right to be treated with respect, no matter their sexual orientation.

Some employers ask for details of the sexual orientation of employees, either for monitoring purposes or as part of an equal opportunities questionnaire.You don’t have to give this information.

We also represent clients who have been subjected to other discrimination including;

Contact our Sexual Orientation Discrimination Solicitors

For specialist legal advice about a possible compensation claim for sexual orientation discrimination get in touch with one of our specialist employment law team at Salisbury or Andover offices. Our Solicitors regularly represent clients in discrimination claims locally to our offices, throughout Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset and further afield.

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