Discrimination Solicitors

Sexual Orientation Discrimination Claims

Being discriminated against because of your sexual orientation is against the law. It can also leave you feeling upset, embarrassed and angry.

If you have suffered discrimination on the basis of your sexuality, our expert discrimination solicitors can help you;

  1. Create lasting change so other do not experience the indignity you have, and
  2. In some cases, claim compensation

Have You Been Discriminated Against?

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What is Sexual Orientation Discrimination?

This when a service provider treats you unfairly because of your sexual orientation.

Service providers include;

  • Individuals
  • Businesses and
  • Organisations

Discriminatory treatment could be a;

  1. One-off act, or
  2. A policy or policies

That treats you unfavourably because of your sexuality. Even if it is unintentional, it is still unlawful.

What the Equality Act Says About Discrimination Because of Sexual Orientation

The Equality Act 2010 says it is illegal to discriminate against you because you are heterosexual, bisexual, gay or lesbian.

Sexual orientation, or sexuality includes how you express yourself. Either in the way you dress or the places you visit.

Types of Sexuality Discrimination

There are four main types of sexuality discrimination. These are;

Direct Discrimination

This is when someone treats you worse than someone else because of your sexual orientation.

For example, an insurance company only offering a gay man a life insurance policy on the basis that he takes an HIV test.

Indirect Discrimination

This is when a business or organisation has a rule or policy which applies to everyone. However, it puts those with a different sexual orientation at a disadvantage.

For example, if a club only allows entry to members of the LGTBQ+ community and refuses entry to heterosexual men.

Discrimination By Perception

This happens when someone treats you unfairly because they think you have a different sexual orientation.

An example of this could be a landlord refusing to let you their property because they think you are gay.

Discrimination By Association

This happens when your discriminated against because you know, or you’re with someone of a different sexuality.

For example, if a private club refuses you entry or membership because you’re related to someone who is gay.

Who Can I Make a Sexual Orientation Discrimination Claim Against?

You can make a discrimination claim against business, organisation or person who provides a service to the public.

This includes;

  • Shops and retail stores
  • Restaurants
  • Supermarkets
  • Gyms and activity centres
  • Leisure and travel companies
  • Educational institutions like universities
  • Public and private transport companies
  • Private healthcare providers and the NHS
  •  Private clubs and memberships
  • Local authorities
  • Councils, and even
  • Central government

How Long Do I Have to Make a Claim?

The time limit for making a discrimination claim is 6 months less one day from the date your discrimination took place.

This is very short. If you plan to make a claim, you must seek legal advice as soon as possible.

How to Make a Claim

If someone has discriminated against you because of your sexual orientation, you may have grounds to make a claim.

Contact our discrimination solicitors today. To assess if you have a claim, we will;

  1. Take the details of your complaint, and
  2. Ask for any evidence you have to support your claim

Evidence includes;

  • Any documentation – this could be copies of emails, letters, text messages, voice messages or video evidence.
  • Witnesses statements – from anyone who saw your discrimination take place.
  • Your own account of what happened – discrimination often happens as part of a conversation or a passing comment. If this is the case, we might be able to use your own statement.

If you have a claim, we will explain how the process works, and what then next steps will be.

Have You Been Descriminated Against?

If so, we can help you make positive change and maybe claim compensation.0333 3580 393

Why Choose Ringrose Law

At Ringrose Law, we understand how frustrating, upsetting and embarrassing any type of discrimination can be.

Our expert solicitors have represented clients in all kinds of discrimination cases. Some involving single acts, others involving discriminatory policies affecting thousands of people.

If you have suffered discrimination, we can help you. Not only to claim compensation, but also to create lasting change. We can prevent other people from suffering the indignity you have experienced.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Most discrimination claims take 6-12 months to settle. That said, they can take up to three years.

    All discrimination cases are different, with differing circumstances, complexities and amounts of evidence.

    If you case is complex and/or lacks strong evidence, it will take longer.

    On the other hand, if the other side admits fault or you have strong evidence to back up your claim, we should be able to settle sooner.

    There is a very small chance of your claim going to court. We only use this option as a last report if we are not able to agree a settlement with the other side.

    In the vast majority of cases, we are able to agree a settlement through negotiation.

    If we do decide to take your claim to court, don’t worry. We make sure you are fully prepared and we’ll be by your side through the whole process.

    In some cases, yes. Although this depends on the case. If we do claim, it will be for;

    1. Injury to feelings – also known as emotional distress
    2. Personal injury – this includes physical and mental injuries caused by your discrimination

    If you decide to pursue a discrimination claim, there are a few funding options available to you.

    • Existing Insurance Policies: If you have home or car insurance, you might have legal cover as part of those policies. If you do, you may be able to use this to fund your claim. However, this depends on the policy and the claim amount.
    • No Win, No Fee: This would not cost you anything to start your claim and you won’t pay if your claim is unsuccessful. In the event of a successful claim, the other side will pay most of the legal fees. Then, we’ll deduct any other costs from your settlement.
    • Private Funds: If the above options aren’t available to you, you could choose to fund the claim yourself.
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