Sexual orientation discrimination

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  • The applicable law is the Equality Act 2010 which consolidates all previous discrimination law (e.g. the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003) into one Act.
  • Sexual orientation is one of the nine 'protected characteristics' under the Act.
  • The definition of sexual orientation discrimination covers sexual orientation towards persons of the same sex, persons of the opposite sex or persons of the same sex and the opposite sex.
  • Gay and lesbian employees are covered as are heterosexual and bisexual employees.
  • Job applicants and the wider group of workers are all covered.
  • The law applies to recruitment, terms of employment, employment benefits, promotion, access to training, dismissal, post-termination discrimination and harassment....
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