Sexual Orientation

Discrimination on grounds of Sexual Orientation

In December 2003, the sexual orientation regulations, came into force. They cover discrimination, harassment and victimisation in work and vocational training. They make  it unlawful to deny  people jobs because of prejudice about their sexual orientation. They  enable individuals to take prompt and effective action to tackle harassment, and enable people to have an equal chance of training and promotion, whatever their sexual orientation. The Regulations also cover perceived sexual orientation and association, i.e. being discriminated against on grounds of the sexual orientation of those with whom you associate (for example, friends and/or family).