Sexual orientation discrimination
Sexual orientation discrimination has been linked in some cases to health problems and stress in women who have been bullied, abused or treated differently from heterosexual colleagues. One in three lesbian women and one in ten bisexual people felt that there were some jobs they would not consider because of their sexual orientation. A significant minority of women perceive and experience segregation at work due to their sexual orientation.*
Taking action when faced with sexual orientation discrimination is a difficult decision and being able to discuss it with other women who are currently seeking to remedy their situation either formally or informally can really help. Many women who have stood up against discrimination have said that having the support of family and friends is essential, but being able to talk to others who are going through the same experience has given them the extra determination to see it through.
Our web site seeks to offer you online peer to peer support through ‘Your Views‘ where you can talk to other women facing sexual orientation discrimination as well as reading personal stories and gaining some legal insight into your rights.
My story and your views
Within this section, you will be able to read several personal stories including ‘My Story’ by Lucy who talks about her experience of resigning from her job due to sexual orientation discrimination.
WEN is also keen for as many women as possible to participate in our blogs and discussions through ‘Your Views’. This is the area of the site where you can interact and share experiences. Creating an account is very simple requiring only a username and an email account. Click here to get started.
Our web site will provide you with basic legal advice on sexual orientation discrimination law and provide you with some common scenarios; however, you should always seek professional advice before making any decisions.
* Equality and Human Rights Commission research report on sexual orientation explored: A study of identity, attraction, behaviour and attitudes in 2009