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Stonewall Scotland launches anti-discrimination guide

Stonewall Scotland has launched a guide for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people who have been discriminated against.

The guide, What now? Your options if you have been discriminated against is aimed at people who have received less equal treatment when buying goods or services, or using facilities.

It explains how to make a formal complaint, and if you need to take things further, includes the basics about taking a case to Sheriff Court, and where to get more information.

Stonewall Scotland’s Policy Manager, Gillian Miller, said: “It’s illegal for a business or organisation to treat you less well because you’re gay or bi – whether it’s a hotel refusing to host a civil partnership, or a restaurant not letting you enjoy a romantic meal with your partner.

“While we’d hope that reminding people of the law would sort out the problem, we know sometimes people need to take things further.

“This guide tells people how to do that.”

The Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2007 made it illegal to discriminate against lesbian, gay and bisexual people in a range of important areas, from hospitals to schools in the public sector and hotels to banking in the private sector.

If a case goes to court under the regulations, the person who was discriminated against may be entitled to compensation for any loss they experienced – for example, having to stay in a more expensive hotel – as well as an amount for injury to feelings.

To download the guide or find out more, click here.

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