Employers

Sexual orientation is one of the nine “protected characteristics” covered by the Equality Act 2010 meaning that it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate against job applicants or employees.

The protection is also extended to workers, and self-employed contractors in some situations. Sexual orientation discrimination is prohibited from recruitment through employment.

An employer will be liable for the acts of its employees unless it has taken reasonable steps to prevent such conduct from happening. If an individual is successful with a sexual orientation discrimination claim, an employment tribunal will make an award of compensation and this may include unlimited net loss of earnings, and a financial award attributed to injury to feelings.

Our team of employment lawyers and HR advisors can help you put in place the relevant polices, processes and training that will prevent such claims. Aside from the risk of an employment tribunal claim, anti –discrimination policies are proven to create a more productive workplace, assist in tender situations and generally increase business.

Our Experts

Kate Brooks

Partner, Solicitor & Head of Employment/HR Services

Contact
Hannah Roberts

Paralegal

Contact

Here to help

Our specialist teams can provide full service legal advice and assistance, providing practical and cost-effective solutions.

Our offices

Bournemouth
302 Charminster Road Bournemouth Dorset BH8 9RU
01202 525333 Contact
London
Office 320 107 – 111 Fleet Street London EC4A 2AB
02039 784720 Contact
Poole
14a Haven RoadCanford Cliffs, Poole Dorset BH13 7LP
01202 709898 Contact
Ringwood
Monmouth Court Southampton Road, Ringwood Hampshire BH24 1HE
01425 484848 Contact
Swanage
55 High Street Swanage Dorset BH19 2LT
01929 422233 Contact
Wimborne
39a East Street Wimborne Dorset BH21 1DX
01202 057676 Contact