Discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation

It is unlawful for an employer to treat a worker unequally because he or she is lesbian, gay, bisexual or heterosexual or thought of as such.

Protection against discrimination due to sexual orientation covers: recruitment, employment terms and conditions, pay, training, promotion and transfer, redundancy and dismissal.

Another important area is workers who are in same-sex relationships and have civil partnerships. Workers in such relationships should have the same benefits as married people. This is the case if other workers have benefits such as pension arrangements.

Employers are generally vicariously liable for acts of discrimination by their employees including, harassment and victimisation in the workplace. Individual employees may also be liable if, for instance, they harass a colleague due to sexual orientation.

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