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.
Protection extends to discrimination because of a person's perceived sexual orientation. This means that a heterosexual individual who is discriminated against on the basis of a mistaken belief that he or she is gay is protected.
There are various steps that your organisation can take to establish an inclusive workplace for your LGBT staff, including equality awareness training and having an effective equal opportunities policy that is promoted and embedded within your organisation's culture. Such steps will also help your organisation to defend a sexual orientation discrimination complaint should it ever arise.
Fiona Cuming, employment law editor
As always, HR professionals had their fair share of employment law cases to keep track of in 2018, but what were the 10 most important judgments in 2018 that every employer should know about?
It is the case which has captivated the nation almost as much as the Great British Bake-Off. Tom Long looks at what last week's Supreme Court ruling in Lee v Ashers Baking Company means for UK employers.
In Lee v Ashers Baking Co Ltd and others, the Supreme Court held that a Christian bakery did not commit direct sexual orientation discrimination in the provision of goods and services when it refused to fulfil a cake order with a message in support of same-sex marriage.
The Christian owners of the Northern Irish bakery in the 'gay cake' case have won their appeal at the Supreme Court.
A table listing the sexual orientation discrimination awards made by employment tribunals in 2017/18.
Updated to include information on Uber BV and others v Aslam and others, in which the Court of Appeal held that Uber drivers are workers.
The law on discrimination in recruitment and selection, including the impact of the Equality Act 2010 on recruitment, direct discrimination, indirect discrimination, the duty to make reasonable adjustments, positive action, occupational requirements, monitoring and keeping records.
A table listing the sexual orientation discrimination awards made by employment tribunals in 2016/17.
In July 1967, the Sexual Offences Act 1967 partially decriminalised homosexuality in England and Wales. To mark the 50th anniversary of this seminal moment in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, we highlight some of the key milestones for workplace protection against sexual orientation discrimination.
In this case about discrimination in the provision of goods and services, the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal has held that a Christian bakery committed direct sexual orientation discrimination when it refused to fulfil an order for a cake featuring a message in support of same-sex marriage.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to sexual orientation discrimination.