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CALL FOR LEGISLATION TO PROTECT RIGHTS OF GAY EMPLOYEES

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Unions will today call for legislation to protect homosexual employees from discrimination, backed by a TUC-commiss...
Unions will today call for legislation to protect homosexual employees from discrimination, backed by a TUC-commissioned survey suggesting that there is significant public support for such a law.

The Financial Times (p6) reports that more than 70% of people believe that employers should not be able to sack someone simply because they are gay or lesbian, according to the survey.

A similar majority backed the view that employees should not be treated less favourably because of their sexual orientation and that long-term gay partners should be entitled to the same employee benefits as the partners of other staff.

The unions claim that government's approach of introducing a voluntary code banning discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation risks being ineffective.

The government said it would evaluate the effectiveness of the new code, due to be announced this summer, before deciding whether legislation was needed.
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