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Dealing with Sexual Orientation Discrimination in the Workplace

One day on tea break waiting for the kettle to boil, during casual ‘What are you doing for the weekend?’ conversation, the lads tell you they are all going to the pub to watch football and leaving the girlfriends at home and you’re welcome to join. However, how wrong are you to decline their offer and tell them you are going to spend time with your boyfriend instead? ‘You’re gay??’ They almost scream at you.

All of a sudden on Monday morning you’re getting dirty looks over the top of the computer monitor and the lads are giggling as you pass them in the hallway. You don’t think much of it and continue on with your day but as the days go on everyone’s attitude has changed towards you.

This type of workplace conduct should not be accepted by any employer. In cases like these we encourage that you bring issues like this to HR’s attention and ask it to be dealt with through the grievance procedure. If your company does not have HR and Management are not dealing with the situation, leaving you in a difficult working position, you may have to consider your other options.

We try to discourage employees from leaving their employment wherever possible as we know mortgages and families rely on the income these jobs bring. However, what we do encourage you to do is what you think is right for your mental and physical health. If you think what you are experiencing is impacting your work, you may have no other option but to leave work.

It is possible to pursue these types of claims in the Workplace Relations Commission without ever leaving your employment. We have had many clients’ that have done this in the past and although they say they did not feel comfortable in work during that time, they admit that their decision to stay in purely based on principle.

What we can do:

Even in the Ireland of today after a number of extremely progressive referendums and changes in thought, we still find employers discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation. If you are treated this way, we can ensure that you get your chance in the Workplace Relations Commission to tell your employer who they made you feel and we will back you up from the legal perspective.

In order to do this, we ask you to send in your query via the form box above. From this, one of our team will call you back to discuss your employment issue. Our staff can give you the advise you need to fix your issue where possible.

If you think your employment issue has progressed past the point of repair, we will organise an appointment for you to meet a member of our staff and tell you what we can do to help.

What to do next:

You must move quickly as there is a six-month time limit on taking a claim, and no one wants to see an unlawful employer get away with one.

Call us now on 051 841 641 or enter your details in the form provided for a free no-obligation consultation or to arrange an appointment with us to review your case. Don’t put up with this type of treatment. Make sure your employer knows you won’t tolerate it. We’ll hold the megaphone, you make your voice heard.

Whether you are seeking general advice regarding discrimination at work when you are getting married or if you are concerned that your rights may have been infringed, it is important to take action quickly. Contact Employment-Matters.