HR File: Going beyond the rainbow

Alan Price explains how to avoid tokenism and really help LGBT+ staff

It is easy to post a rainbow flag on social media for Pride month, but this act alone is not going to help the fight for equality. You do not want to make a public gesture if you do not have a supportive environment to go with it.

To create good relations with your staff, have better retention rates and avoid legal risk, you need to go beyond tokenism. Here’s how to get started.

First, make sure you know your legislation. There are certain laws in place to protect staff from discrimination. The main law you need to know is the Equality Act 2010.

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