Stonewall Cymru and the Wales TUC are launching an updated version of 'Discrimination at work - it's so over', an employee guide to the 2003 employment regulations relating to sexual orientation in the workplace.
Available in English and Welsh, the guide gives employees the basic information they need about the regulations protecting them at work, informs them of their rights and advises what to do if they experience problems.
'We are delighted to be working with the Wales TUC on this important initiative,' says Dr Alison Parken, Director of Stonewall Cymru. 'It is vital that lesbian, gay and bisexual employees realise that that they no longer have to put up with unfair treatment in the workplace.'
'Discrimination at work is not over yet for lesbian, gay and bisexual workers in Wales. On a daily basis unions give advice and support to workers in all parts of Wales. One in five lesbian, gay and bisexual people state they have been harassed because of their sexual orientation. We hope this guide will help to reduce these shocking numbers," says Felicity Williams, General Secretary of the Wales TUC.
Minister for Equalities Jane Hutt said: "I hope this updated guide will encourage lesbian, gay or bisexual employees to speak out or seek support from their Trade Union if they feel they are discriminated against at work due to their sexuality. Every employee has a right to expect fair treatment at work. Gay, lesbian and bisexual equality issues are a priority for the Welsh Assembly Government which is why I very much welcome the introduction of this new leaflet."
140,000 copies of the plain English, user-friendly leaflets will be sent out across Britain. They will be distributed through unions to libraries, Citizens Advice Bureaux, and gay community venues. The leaflet will also be available from the TUC 'Know Your Rights' Line 0870 600 4882.
Trade unions negotiate with employers over pay and conditions and they also give advice and support when people need it. Many unions have their own LGB group too. To find the right union visit the TUC's workSMART website www.worksmart.org.uk
Stonewall Cymru can provide advice to people who feel they have been discriminated at work. Visit www.stonewallcymru.org.uk for more information.
To see the guide online or find out more about Stonewall Cymru's workplace initiatives go to www.stonewallcymru.org.uk.
For further information contact: Matthew Batten, Policy and Public Affairs Officer, 029 2023 7744, Federico Podeschi, 029 2023 7744 or Derek Walker, Wales TUC, 029 2034 7010
1. Stonewall Cymru is the all Wales lesbian, gay and bisexual equality group. www.stonewallcymru.org.uk
2. The Wales TUC is the voice of Wales at work. Members unions represent nearly a half million working people. www.wtuc.org.uk
3. The Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations came into force on 1st December 2003.