Sexual orientation discrimination

Laura Merrylees 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

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