The European commission (EC) has come under pressure by a number of groups to implement an employment discrimination directive that covers sexual orientation.
According to reports in PinkNews.co.uk, last week, the European Parliament's all-party social affairs committee voted for a framework directive against all forms of discrimination.
Commenting on the issue, British Euro MP Stephen Hughes, a Socialist Group spokesman on social policy, stated: "We need a framework directive to ban all forms of discrimination.
"People can move freely around the countries of the European Union. They should not face any form of discrimination wherever they find themselves."
In related news, a recent report compiled by the Fawcett Society suggested that new mothers and pregnant women in the UK suffer particularly badly from employment discrimination, with over 30,000 females each year losing their jobs as a result of being pregnant.