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Sexual orientation discrimination

Equality legislation protects individuals from being discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation. On this page you can find articles, books and online resources providing information, legislation and guidance.

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Bloomsbury Core Accounting and Tax Service

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Discrimination during employment

Accountants Legal Service Bloomsbury Professional 2021

A chapter on discrimination, covering the Equality Act 2010, harassment, victimisation, responsibility for employees and agents, the Codes of Practice, time limits and procedures, discrimination claims, compensation and other remedies and claims beyond the reach of discrimination legislation.

Recruitment

Accountants Legal Service Bloomsbury Professional 2021

A chapter on recruitment in this reference guide for accountants faced with an unfamiliar legal problem or query. Includes sections on data protection and discrimination against job applicants.

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Discrimination

These ten sections of the chapter on employment cover discrimination - the Equality Act 2010 replaced all previous discrimination legislation. Discrimination on the basis of: age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion and belief; sex; and sexual orientation is outlawed. In addition discrimination against people with criminal records, part-time workers, fixed-term workers and agency workers is also covered.

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Acas guidance

Advice, guidance and practical resources on a wide variety of recruitment topics for both employers and employees, produced by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, Acas. Acas is the employment relations service for England, Scotland and Wales offering practical, independent and impartial advice to employers, employees and their representatives.

 

Online articles

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Make sure you don't discriminate on sexual orientation grounds

The article provides an answer to a question on laws in Great Britain related to the discrimination of customers and employees in the hospitality industry based on their sexual orientation.

Pride and prejudice

The article reports on the homophobic abuse or discrimination against gay, lesbian and bi-sexual lawyers in the workplace in Great Britain. It mentions that despite the considerable efforts of the government to protect third sex lawyers, some still encounter discrimination.

Equality and diversity in the public services

This article focuses on the legislation, introduced in 2003, making it unlawful to discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation . It explores the factors encouraging ‘good practice’ in sexual orientation equality work. It considers progress within the public services that have ‘pioneered’ sexual orientation equalities work. A challenge for HR practitioners is getting organisational commitment to sexual orientation work, which is still perceived within organisations as a ‘sensitive’ area.

Ruling on homophobic banter opens up a 'Pandora's attic'

The article discusses the court case English v. Thomas Sanderson Ltd. ruled by the British Court of Appeal in 2008. The court has held, by a majority, that homophobic banter amounts to unlawful harassment even when the victim's tormentors know he is not gay.

Sex discrimination

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

CIPD factsheets, Q&As and case law on sexual discrimination. Registration required to access content.

Sexual orientation discrimination

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Guidance from the EHRC on sexual orientation discrimination including different types of discrimination and circumstances when being treated differently due to sexual orientation is lawful

Sexual orientation discrimination

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Guidance on addressing sexual discrimination in the workplace from the CIPD. Includes factsheets, Q&As and case law. This guidance also covers some aspects of marriage and civil partnership discrimination. Registration required to access content.

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