21 March 2009
People whose sexual orientation is not what is considered to be "normal" are just as capable of doing their job as anyone else. However, for some people others sexuality becomes a defining characteristic and prevents them from appreciating the individual on equal terms.
Lesbian, gay and bisexual workers are often not open about their sexuality at work. Some who do "come out" find that their colleagues are supportive and understanding, however it is common for them to be discriminated against, ostracised or harassed by people who do not understand.
The CWU is against any form of prejudice or discrimination and will support members who suffer unfair treatment.
Parliament agreed on the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003 as a result of the UK’s implementation of the 2000 European Union Employment Framework Directive requiring member states of the EU to ban sexual orientation discrimination in employment by the end of 2003.
As a result of the creation of the right to form a civil partnership the Department of Trade and Industry announced a change in the law providing that the civil partner will be treated in the same way as a husband or wife by marriage.
The Equality Act 2006 outlaws discrimination in goods and services on the grounds of sexual orientation.