Understanding sexual orientation discrimination


The law states that you cannot be discriminated against because of your sexual orientation. The Sex Discrimination Act 1975 governs sexual discrimination in the workplace. Sexual discrimination laws cover men and women, and anyone that has undergone sexual reassignment.

Types of sexual orientation discrimination

Sexual orientation discrimination has taken place if your orientation has been used as a differentiating factor in your recruitment, the level of pay you receive, who is promoted within your company and who is chosen for dismissal or redundancy. If you think you have suffered this type of discrimination, this is unlawful and should be reported to your employer.

In addition, sexual orientation discrimination can come into play with the level of pay that you receive. The Equal Pay Act 1970 states that your employer must pay men and women that do the same job the same level of pay. If they do not, this is discrimination.

Discrimination elsewhere

Of course, discrimination does not only take place in the workplace. You might have been turned away from a hotel, abused in a public or private place or you might feel offended by what you see or hear from any media outlet.

If you feel that you have become the victim of discrimination in some way, contact a solicitor. They can assess your case and if they think discrimination has indeed taken place, represent you if your case goes to court or to a tribunal. Never attempt to handle a discrimination case alone, as the law is complicated in this area.

If you would like to obtain legal advice about sexual orientation discrimination, Contact Law can put you in touch with a local specialist discrimination solicitor free of charge. If you would like our help in finding local discrimination solicitors please call us on 0800 1777 162 or complete the web-form above.

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