The Equality Act 2010 protects everyone equally, ie people who are gay, lesbian, heterosexual and bisexual are all protected against discrimination because of sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation.

There is no qualifying period of service necessary to make a complaint to an employment tribunal and no limit on the amount of compensation that can be awarded to a successful claimant.

This topic explains the difference between direct and indirect sexual orientation discrimination, and examines harrassment and victimisation in recruitment, during employment and post-employment.

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