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We all deserve respect at work, whatever our sexual orientation or gender identity. But, while lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT+) communities have seen lots of positive change in recent years, too many still don’t feel safe and comfortable at work.

As an LGBT+ worker, you have the same rights and protections as everyone else and shouldn’t face discrimination or harassment.

It’s not good enough for bosses to dismiss homophobia or transphobia as “workplace banter”. That defence has been tested in employment tribunals, and it failed.

If you feel you’re experiencing discrimination, you can take action to enforce your rights.

Very often, the best way to solve problems is to join with co-workers – preferably through a union - and try to reach an agreement with your employers on how to make the workplace fairer for everyone. 

Are you a rep? You can find more practical advice on a range of workplace issues in our support for reps section

From gender reassignment to trade union activist
They sat with me through meetings when we discussed how to tell parents, pupils and colleagues. And also about how I would need time off for medical treatment.
I'm being discriminated against because of my sexuality. What can I do?
If you feel you are experiencing discrimination, you should start by keeping a record of relevant instances, when they occurred and who witnessed them...
Is it illegal for an employer to discriminate because of a worker's sexuality?
Yes. Under the Equality Act 2010 lesbian, gay and bisexual workers are protected from being treated less favourably than their heterosexual colleagues for any reason linked to their sexual orientation.
Which jobs are covered by sexuality discrimination legislation?
The law covers job applicants, employees, contract workers and some freelance workers, office holders, police, armed forces, barristers and advocates and partnerships.
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