What are examples of sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace?
Here are some examples:
- You applied for a job, but you were rejected because of your sexual orientation.
- You have left your job or are considering leaving your job because discriminatory behaviour makes life intolerable.
- You have been selected for redundancy because of your sexual orientation.
- You have been overlooked for promotion or demoted because of your sexual orientation.
- You have been victimised because you have made a complaint about discrimination in the workplace.
What can you do about sexual orientation discrimination?
The first step is to follow your employer’s grievance procedure. If you do not receive a satisfactory outcome, you need to register your claim with the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS). It is crucial to act quickly because you have just three months less one day from the date that discrimination took place to register with ACAS.
ACAS will work with you and your employer to try and help reach a satisfactory outcome together. This could be financial compensation for your personal distress and loss of earnings and an agreement from your employer that they will make changes to improve the culture in the workplace.
If you cannot settle your dispute, the next stage is to take your discrimination claim to an employment tribunal. Our solicitors can represent, support and advise you throughout the tribunal process.