The Malicious Communications Act 1988 and The Communications Act 2003 make it a criminal offence for individuals to send messages which are indecent, grossly offensive or contain threats. This may include text messages, or online interactions including email, private messages, and public posts.
The information provided in this toolkit can be used by employers to raise awareness of the issues confronted by LGBTQ+ communities in online spaces, and may help them to identify, challenge, report, and prevent online hostility in the workplace
In line with the Equality Act 2010, it is important for employers to ensure that their employees are not subjected to discrimination on the grounds of gender and sexuality. This Act bans any discrimination on these grounds in the workplace and includes online communication in these settings.
In addition to this, it is important for employers to be aware of other relevant policies. Useful links for employers are provided on this page.
Are there any other ways I can support my employees?
As an employer it is important to support all employees, and to demonstrate that differences amongst employees relating to sexual and gender identities are accepted and respected. Read on for some suggestions.