Common scenarios

Common scenarios: Sexual orientation and harassment

I feel uncomfortable because I am gay and people make homophobic jokes at my workplace. The jokes are not specifically about me. Do I just have to let this go?

No. Homophobic jokes and comments could be harassment related to sexual orientation even if they are not directed at you.


People at work call me homophobic names and tease me about being gay even though I am not. Can I do anything about it?

Even if you are not gay, the law still protects you against this kind of harassment because this behaviour is related to your sexual orientation.


I recently told my manager that I am gay. Since then he has given me less work and less client contact. Can I do anything about it?

If you think that the reason you are being treated less favourably by your manager is because you are gay, this could be discrimination because of your sexual orientation.