Sexual orientation

What does the Human Rights Act mean by sexual orientation?

The ground of sexual orientation covers being:

  • Heterosexual
  • Homosexual
  • Lesbian
  • Bisexual.
What does the Human Rights Act say about sexual orientation?

It is unlawful to discriminate on the ground of sexual orientation in any of the prohibited areas of public life.

Exceptions

There are a number of circumstances where it is not unlawful to discriminate on the ground of sexual orientation. These include:

In government and public sector activity, reasonable limitations on right to freedom from discrimination which can be shown to be justified.

In employment (includes pre-employment and advertising):

  • domestic employment in a private household
  • employment of a counsellor on highly personal matters.

In accommodation:

  • shared accommodation.

In goods and services:

  • courses and counselling on personal matters.
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