Tags: Homophobia

Are your maternity policies inclusive of same-sex couples? asks Stonewall’s Simon Feeke

We recently interviewed Simon Feeke, who is Head of Workplace at the gay rights organisation Stonewall. We asked him about their recent campaign to tackle homophobia in the workplace. Stonewall have launched a national campaign to tackle ´endemic levels of homophobia´ in Britain’s workplaces. What do you mean by endemic? YouGov polling conducted on behalf of…

Endemic levels of homophobia in Britain’s workplaces, say Stonewall

Stonewall have launched a national campaign to tackle endemic levels of homophobia in Britain’s workplaces. Featuring two people at work, the campaign states clearly that: ‘One is gay. If that bothers people, our work continues’. The campaign comes in response to YouGov polling which shows that in the last five years 2.4m people of working…

Homophobia a ‘problem in the profession’ say 4 in 10 social workers

Workplace discrimination on the grounds of sexuality is a common problem in the social care profession, a new poll of social workers suggests. An online survey conducted by Community Care found that 40 per cent of social workers believed that homophobia is an issue in social care. Just under a third (30 per cent) said…

Barrister wins case over homophobic discrimination

The employment appeal tribunal (EAT) has upheld a decision that a lawyer suffered from unlawful discrimination based on his sexual orientation at a City firm. Lee Bennett’s claim of discrimination in the workplace was based around comments referring to his “batty boy mate” discovered in a case file at the law firm Bivonas where he…

Homophobia and racial harassment are the two main topics of investigation for Community Values 2010, as they begin their study on workplace discrimination. This research study is thought to be the largest and most widespread Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) research study of its kind, offering an uniwue insight into the lives of LGBT…

Stonewall, the organisation geared towards promotion of equal rights for gay and lesbian and bisexual groups, has launched Gay By Degree – the first ever guide which shows how gay-friendly every university in the UK is – www.gaybydegree.org.uk The online guide is aimed at lesbian, gay and bisexual 16 and 17 year olds who are…

Stonewall’s latest social media poll has found that Britain is ready for an openly lesbian, gay or bisexual Prime Minister. In the poll, which had 1073 responses, 59 per cent voted ‘yes, Britain is ready for an openly lesbian, gay or bisexual Prime Minister’ and 41 per cent voted ‘no.’ Ben Summerskill, Stonewall’s Chief Executive,…

The Law Society’s Diversity Champion Stephen Ward welcomed the results of Stonewalls Top 100 Employers list showcasing Britain’s best employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual staff. This year, as in 2009, the list includes four major law firms. The Director of Communications, Inclusion & Corporate Responsibility at the Law Society says:  It is great news that…

Stonewall has announced the Top 100 Employers 2010, showcasing Britain’s best employers for gay staff. It names IBM as the best place to work in 2010 for lesbian, gay and bisexual people. In second place is Hampshire Constabulary and Ernst & Young comes third. Ernst & Young wins the award for Employee Network Group of…

The TUC has announced a new alliance of unions and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) campaigners to tackle the prejudice faced by LGBT people in football. Representatives of the Professional Footballers Association, Pride Sports, Kick it Out!, Schools Out!, the LGBT Sports Network and the Brighton-based Justin Campaign came together with members of the TUC…

The Trades Union Council (TUC) is urging workers to remember lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people on May 17th. International Day Against Homophobia takes place on this occasion and TUC general secretary Brendan Barber says unions have campaigned for equal rights for LGBT people with much success in the UK. However, he claims the…

A Court of Appeal has issued a ruling which states that workplace taunts need not necessarily be true to be deemed discriminatory. The case of Stephen English v Thomas Sanderson centered on the married Mr English whose colleagues accused him of being gay. Jeremy Consitt, employment solicitor at Dolmans law firm, has suggested that the…

A Court of Appeal has issued a ruling which states that workplace taunts need not necessarily be true to be deemed discriminatory. The case of Stephen English v Thomas Sanderson centered on the married Mr English whose colleagues accused him of being gay. Jeremy Consitt, employment solicitor at Dolmans law firm, has suggested that the…

Companies have been advised to be vigilant over so-called "homophobic banter" in the workplace. The warning follows a legal case in which it was ruled that an employee who was not gay but who was the subject of such comments was not covered under current sexual orientation regulations. About the case, Jean Sapeta, head of…