Discrimination in the workplace may be a source of concern for LGBTQ+ individuals. We are committed to ensuring that you are aware of your rights and the steps to take if they are not being upheld. 

In the workplace, you are entitled to a sense of well-being and happiness, and the law offers some degree of protection.

The Equality Act 2010 – what does this mean for LGBTQ+ people? – Employment Law

The Equality Act 2010 secures you from discrimination based on your sexual orientation or gender reassignment. Additionally, you may be granted protections as a result of other protected characteristics, including: 

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Marriage and Civil Partnership
  • Pregnancy and Maternity 
  • Race
  • Religion or Belief
  • Sex

What am I secured from?

The Equality Act 2010 protects you from:

  • Direct discrimination
  • Indirect discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Victimisation

What actions can I take if I am the victim of discrimination?

It is essential to seek guidance and determine the available alternatives if you believe that you are the victim of discrimination. For instance, you may:

  • Consult with your HR team and diversity and inclusion officer at your place of employment for guidance and assistance.
  • Consult with the representative of your trade union. Your trade union may have an LGBTQ+ network that serves as a valuable source of assistance. The Scottish Trade Union Council is a resource for information on how to join a trade union.
  • For information and guidance, please reach out to the Citizens Advice Bureau.
  • Seek the advice of a lawyer. You can speak to one of our highly qualified solicitors at Complete Clarity.
    For specialised employment law or workplace guidance, please contact the ACAS helpline.

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