Sexual orientation discrimination

If you feel that you have been discriminated against as a result of your sexual orientation our team would welcome the chance to discuss your case with you. We appreciate that this is often a difficult time and offer a range of funding options to help. In some circumstances we may be able to offer a ‘no win no fee arrangement’ to you. Please complete our online enquiry form or telephone us on 0203 816 9302 and we will be happy to discuss your options and guide you through the process.

It is unlawful to discriminate against an individual whether they be an employee, colleague, consumer or service user on the grounds of their sexual orientation.

The Equality Act defines sexual orientation as a person’s sexual attraction towards persons of the same sex, persons of the opposite sex or persons of either or both sexes. The law therefore protects those of any sexual orientation from discriminatory behaviour.

Discrimination can occur in various ways. It may be that an individual is treated differently, less favourably or have unpleasant comments made towards them.

Such conduct can be considered by the tribunals and the courts as harassment if it is believed that the behaviour has had the effect of violating the individual’s dignity or created an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for them.

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Who can be held accountable for sexual orientation discrimination?

An employer, public body, service provider or association can be held accountable for the conduct of their employees which gives rise to claims against these businesses or organisations.

It should also be noted that less favourable treatment due to a perception that an individual is of a particular sexual orientation is also prohibited under equality law.

Such discrimination can occur in various ways. It can involve an individual being treated differently to or less favourably than others of a different sexual orientation. This can include the making of unpleasant comments towards them in the course of their employment by colleagues or in the course of their day to day lives as consumers or service users.

Commonly, cases involving discrimination due to sexual orientation include claims for direct discrimination, indirect discrimination, harassment and/or victimisation.

Our employment law and discrimination teams have successfully represented clients in claims against employers in the Employment Tribunal and other organisations in the County Court in such circumstances.

If you believe that you have been the victim of discrimination as a result of your sexual orientation and would like to speak to a member of our team call us on 0203 816 9302 or complete our online enquiry form without delay.

 

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