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Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Unfortunately people can suffer discrimination in the workplace because of their sexual orientation, but there is now reason why it should be tolerated. Sexual orientation is defined within three categories: homosexual, heterosexual and bisexual. Under the Equality Act 2010 it is unlawful to discriminate against workers because of sexual orientation.

The Act applies to goods and services, vocational training, recruitment, terms and conditions, promotions, transfers, training and dismissal.

There are four main types of discrimination based on the grounds of sexual orientation:

Direct discrimination:

Direct discrimination is when someone is treated less favourably than others because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation.

Indirect discrimination:

This can occur when company policy, practice or procedure which applies to all members of staff, however it particularly disadvantages people of a certain sexual orientation.


A person harasses another on the grounds of their sexual orientation when they engage in unwanted conduct with the purpose of violating other dignity or by creating an intimidating or hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment.


This is when someone is treated less favourably than others after they have complained about sexual orientation discrimination or if they have supported someone who has complained of sexual orientation discrimination.

If you have been discriminated against because of your sexuality at work, or believe a job application was treated unfairly because of your sexual orientation then speak to EAD.

Our experienced employment solicitors have experience in successfully dealing with clients who have been the victims of sexual orientation discrimination. Our team of Liverpool solicitors can represent you at an employment tribunal with the aim of receiving maximum compensation and ensuring that your interests are protected.

If you have been the victim of discrimination in the workplace because of your sexuality then don’t suffer in silence, call EAD on 0151 735 1000 and speak to our team of Liverpool employment law solicitors. Or use our online ask a solicitor app, Ask EAD provides up to date free legal advice.



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