John McKeown | Solicitor

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia 2018

On 2017’s International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), Jackson Boyd came out in favour of equality and diversity in the workplace (I know, I know, it was obvious, the signs were always there and people had known since we were a young age). Since then we have hosted events with The Glass Network (Scotland’s LGBT+ network for legal professionals), were the first firm in Scotland to support the #TheseAreOurPrinciples Campaign, and internally held celebrations for Glasgow’s LGBT+ Pride Month.

We do this because our firm’s motto is More Than Just, because we know that workplaces are more than just offices: they are places to find identity, purpose and support.

We aim to build a positive and engaging workplace where people are able to be their authentic and best selves, as we know this is not the case in all workplaces. The Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful for an employer to discriminate directly/indirectly, harass or victimise a job applicant or employee on a number of protected characteristics, including their gender identity and sexual orientation. Unfortunately, discrimination still exists in the workplace. A recent YouGov poll found that a third of LGBT+ people in Scotland are afraid to come out at work for fear of discrimination.

Our Employment Team deals with direct and indirect discrimination on basis of gender identity and sexual orientation. We understand the sensitive nature of these matters, that it’s more than just what is said or done, it’s the impact it has on you. We treat our clients and their matters with the respect they deserve, keeping you updated on legal matters and your claim’s progression, aiming for a resolution tailored to you. If you feel you have been treated unfairly or discriminated due to your gender identity or sexual orientation, please contact our Employment Team for a confidential discussion by calling 0333 222 1855 or via our online enquiry form.

We hope our team and all our clients are able to celebrate IDAHOT 2018. Full equality takes more than just one day, and Jackson Boyd is proud to be supportive of equality all year round.

John McKeown

John McKeown

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