Police officers are protected from discrimination because of their sexual orientation under the Equality Act 2010 (the Act).

The Act prohibits treating someone less favourably because they are gay, lesbian, bisexual or heterosexual. The Act also covers direct discrimination and harassment because of perceived sexual orientation. So for example, treating a police officer less favourably because they are thought to be gay, whether or not they actually are, would also be covered. Further, being directly discriminated against or harassed because of someone else’s sexuality is also covered under the Act.

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