Gay charity aims to end workplace discrimination

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The Welsh branch of gay charity Stonewall has launched an updated version of its “Discrimination at work- it’s so over” employee guide regarding sexual orientation in the workplace, in reaction to a recent survey claiming one in five gay employees are discriminated against in Wales because of their sexuality.

Available in English and Welsh, the guide gives employees the basic information they need about the regulations protecting them at work, informs them of their rights and advises what to do if they experience problems.

It is compiled in partnership with the Wales Trades Union Congress (TUC) and supported by South Wales police, Alison Parken, director of Stonewall Cymru said: “We are delighted to be working with the Wales TUC on this important initiative.

“It is vital that lesbian, gay and bisexual employees realise that that they no longer have to put up with unfair treatment in the workplace.”

Felicity Williams, General Secretary of the Wales TUC said: “Discrimination at work is not over yet for lesbian, gay and bisexual workers in Wales. On a daily basis unions give advice and support to workers in all parts of Wales. One in five lesbian, gay and bisexual people state they have been harassed because of their sexual orientation. We hope this guide will help to reduce these shocking numbers.”

Minister for Equalities Jane Hutt said: “I hope this updated guide will encourage lesbian, gay or bisexual employees to speak out or seek support from their Trade Union if they feel they are discriminated against at work due to their sexuality. Every employee has a right to expect fair treatment at work. Gay, lesbian and bisexual equality issues are a priority for the Welsh Assembly Government which is why I very much welcome the introduction of this new leaflet.”

140,000 copies of the plain English, user-friendly leaflets will be sent out across Britain. They will be distributed through unions to libraries, Citizens Advice Bureaux, and gay community venues.