We have a team of discrimination experts who regularly advise clients who have been discriminated against because of sexual orientation.
The specialist employment team has acted for many gay men and women who have been discriminated against because of sexual orientation. This includes sexual orientation discrimination in relation to recruitment, selection for promotion and training and in pay.
Examples of this include:
- Stereotyping, i.e. making assumptions about how gay people behave, for example not employing a gay man at a child care centre because of an assumption that the safety of children will be compromised;
- Appointing or promoting a person because of their sexual orientation whether it be because of a conscious or unconscious preference or prejudice.
We also advise clients who have been harassed because of sexual orientation. This could include working in an environment where homophobic jokes are made or being subjected to name calling relating to sexual orientation.
It is also unlawful for service providers such as healthcare providers, social services and retailers including banks, travel agents and travel companies to discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation. Our human rights lawyers have successfully represented people who have suffered discrimination at the hands of many such organisations and have secured compensation and apologies for such discrimination.