Sexual Orientation - Respecting lesbian, gay and bisexual people in the workplace

Introduction

More than one in twenty people in the current UK workforce are lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB). LGB people work in every occupation from apprentices to Chief Executives, and are protected from discrimination and harassment by law. So why do colleagues still make discriminatory decisions and bully those they regard as different? Developed in partnership with Stonewall, Skill Boosters' this e-learning course will help your organisation face up to the challenge of treating everyone - co-workers and customers - with respect and dignity.

When lesbian, gay and bisexual staff and managers are valued for who they are and what they contribute, the organisation begins to realise the benefits of a truly equal and inclusive workplace.

Intended Audience

This course is suitable for all staff members who wish to learn how to:

  • Understand their legal and moral responsibilities
  • Know why certain behaviours are inappropriate
  • Avoid discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • Work together successfully as a diverse team

Course Content

  • Part 1 – Includes Handling harassment
  • Unlawful harassment on the basis of sexual orientation
  • Defeating discrimination
  • Understand why lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people shouldn’t be expected to hide their sexuality
  • Respect the right of confidentiality of LGB people in the workplace
  • Part 2 – Includes Legislation
  • Case studies
  • Assessment quiz

Course Benefits

This course will enable your staff to have a better understanding of:

  • The legal and moral responsibilities of all levels of staff
  • Why certain behaviours are inappropriate
  • Why it is no defence to say you did not intend to cause distress
  • The fact that more than one in twenty people are lesbian, gay or bisexual
  • Why you can’t always tell someone’s sexual orientation, so don’t make assumptions
  • The knowledge and skills necessary to work successfully as part of a diverse team