UNISON has developed an inclusive Equality Scheme to promote equality for all

Unison has developed an inclusive equality scheme to

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UNISON has developed an inclusive Equality Scheme to promote equality for all groups in everything we do. LGBT members organise in UNISON at branch, regional and national level. There is an annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members conference and a national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members committee. UNISON recognises that lesbian, gay and bisexual workers are not a homogenous group. For example bisexual workers, women LGB workers, Black LGB workers and disabled LGB workers all face particular issues which we address in our work. DEFINITIONS Sexual orientation - orientation towards people of the same sex, the opposite sex or both sexes; in common language - lesbian/gay, straight or bisexual Homosexual - dated and quasi-medical term for lesbians and gay men, rarely used by lesbians and gay men, but sometimes used in formal documents Homophobia - prejudice towards lesbians and gay men and fear of same sex attraction Biphobia - prejudice towards bisexual people Heterosexism - attitudes, behaviour or policies and practices that arise from the assumption that everyone is heterosexual To come out/be out - to be open about your own sexual orientation To out someone - to reveal another person’s sexual orientation, without their consent Transgender person - a person whose sense of their own gender identity does not conform to the sex they were assigned at birth. Transsexual person – legal/medical term for a person who lives or wishes to live permanently in the opposite gender to the sex they were assigned at birth Bargaining support group e-mail: [email protected] LGBT group e-mail: [email protected] 2
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L e s b i a n , g ay a n d b i s e x u a l w o r ke r s r i g h t s – M ay 2 0 1 3 EQUALITY ACT 2010 The Equality Act 2010 protects against discrimination because of sexual orientation in employment and service delivery. It covers all sizes and types of employer and all types of worker, including agency, contract and temporary workers. It bans direct and indirect discrimination and victimisation. It requires public bodies – and other bodies when fulfilling a public function – to take active steps to promote sexual orientation equality (see Public sector equality duty , below). The Act protects all people, whatever their sexual orientation. For example, a straight person subjected to homophobic harassment has the same protection as a gay person. It makes no difference if the harasser knew they were straight or thought they were gay – the conduct is still unlawful. Workers are also protected from discrimination by association – for example because of an LGB family member. Summary of sexual orientation employment protection: The employer cannot, on grounds of sexual orientation: refuse to employ someone or dismiss them refuse access to training or promotion deny to lesbian, gay or bisexual workers benefits, facilities or services they offer to heterosexual workers, for example accommodation, childcare, travel concessions, social events give an unfair reference when someone leaves
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