Editor's message: Sexual orientation is a "protected characteristic" under the Equality Act 2010 and means sexual orientation towards persons of the same sex, persons of the opposite sex or persons of either sex. Its protection extends from direct and indirect discrimination to harassment and victimisation, including discrimination on the grounds of a person's perceived sexual orientation.
Ensuring that your organisation respects and values employees of whatever sexual orientation is key to establishing an inclusive and diverse workplace. There are various steps that your organisation can take to achieve this, including equality awareness training and having an effective equal opportunities policy that is promoted and embedded within its culture. Such steps will also help your organisation to defend a complaint should it ever arise.
Laura Merrylees, employment law editor
Updated to include information on Peninsula Business Service Ltd v Baker, in which the EAT considered the employer's liability for victimisation by an agent surveillance company it had appointed.
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A table listing the sexual orientation discrimination awards made by employment tribunals in 2014/15.
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A table listing the sexual orientation discrimination awards made by employment tribunals in 2013/14.
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