Sexual orientation discrimination claims

If you believe you have suffered discrimination at work because of your sexual orientation, our employment solicitors can help.

Sexual orientation discrimination at work claims

Sexual orientation discrimination can appear in different forms, direct or indirect.

In direct discrimination, a person could be discriminated against because of their perceived or real sexual orientation, or by association with the people they know. Direct discrimination can take many forms, for example, harassment or victimisation, in which the person’s sexual orientation is the focus of a sustained campaign.

In indirect discrimination, a person is discriminated against when there are policies or practices in the workplace that are unfavourable to people of a particular sexual orientation. For example, not granting parental leave for employees in same-sex relationships.

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Sexual orientation discrimination cases

Many victims of sexual orientation discrimination either feel embarrassed or intimidated about making a claim against their employer for sexual orientation discrimination, because they do not want to bring attention to themselves.

We understand this. Unlike some other employment lawyers, we only work with employees and have helped a substantial number of victims of sexual orientation discrimination with their claims, enabling them to move on peacefully with their lives.

Fixed solicitor fees

We offer fixed fee services for sexual orientation discrimination claims. We also offer a clear pricing structure, so you are fully informed at every stage of your claim.

My sexual orientation discrimination at work is subtle, can you help?

The law in England and Wales recognises that discrimination can be difficult to prove.

If you thinking of making a claim for sexual orientation discrimination at work, you must act quickly, as you only have three months less one day from the date of the discriminatory act to lodge your claim to the employment tribunal.

But first, you must submit details of your claim to ACAS, who will attempt a conciliation with your employer. If the conciliation is unsuccessful, ACAS will issue a certificate stating that the mandatory conciliatory has been attempted. Employment tribunal time limits may be extended by up to 1 month from the date the ACAS certificate was issued.

Funding your employment law claim

We provide fixed fee employment law services. We can provide a 1 hour consultation with an employment solicitor for £240 (including VAT) or a comprehensive claims report for £450 (including VAT).

We also offer hourly rate services for more complex employment claims and funding through legal expenses insurance (LEI).

Find out more about our fees and how to fund your employment law claim.

Making a discrimination at work claim

To make a discrimination claim, it must relate to a protected characteristic and early conciliation must be started within 3 months, less one day, of the discrimination taking place. If this criteria hasn't been met, the tribunal is unlikely to have the power to hear your case and we’ll be unable to help with your case at this time.

About Co-op Legal Services

Co-op Legal Services has over 600 staff working in different businesses with offices in Manchester, Bristol, Stratford-upon-Avon, Sheffield and London.

As part of the Co-op Group, our values of openness, honesty, social responsibility and caring for others are core to the service we provide.