Sexual orientation is a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010.
Protection is provided against discrimination, harassment and victimisation on the grounds of sexual orientation and applies to employment, education, the provision of goods, facilities and services, the management of premises and the exercise of public functions.
This means protection related to sexual orientation for people seeking work, current and former employees in terms of:
This means protection related to sexual orientation for enquirers, current and past students in terms of:
Sexual orientation is included in the public sector duty under the Equality Act 2010 which means we have to have due regard to the need to:
Prohibits discrimination, victimisation and harassment on grounds of sexual orientation in the areas of employment, and vocational training, including further and higher education.
The protected characteristic of sexual orientation is subject to the duty placed on public authorities (which includes the OU) to have due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity:
This entails more than the elimination of discrimination and requires proactive measures to be taken to ensure equality for people of different racial groups in our policies and decision-making.