The new rights protect lesbian, gay and bisexual employees and students from discrimination including bullying and exclusion from employee benefits, training and promotion opportunities. Although the TUC welcomes the rights in general it is currently co-ordinating a judicial review of two exemptions to the new law that will allow discrimination on religious grounds and will deny the same-sex partners of employees the right to benefits given to married partners of staff. An initial hearing is expected early in the new year.
'What does the law mean by 'discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation?''
'Which jobs are covered by the legislation?'
'What if I'm a contractor?'
'I'm sure I'm being discriminated against because I'm gay. What can I do about it?'
Brendan Barber, TUC general secretary, said: 'These rights are a massive leap towards fairness for lesbian, gay and bisexual employees but we want them to go all the way. It's a shame to have to go to court to achieve this but we have worked hard for these new rights and we want them to be solid.'
A series of TUC rights leaflets are available on our website and from the know your rights line 0870 600 4 882. Lines are open every day from 9am-9pm. Calls are charged at the national rate.