The Home Office may be the least likely employer in the UK to face grievance claims on the basis of sexual orientation discrimination, if the results of new research are to be believed.
According to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2011 of private, public and third sector organisations, the Home Office is the best place to work for gay, lesbian and bisexual people due to it understanding the "importance of truly embedding equality and diversity into everything it does".
The government noted that this is an award for its determination to "create an environment in which people feel they can be open about their sexuality".
Stonewall - which was established in 1989 - conducts this study into all sectors annually and Theresa May, home secretary, spoke of her "delight" that the Home Office is being "celebrated as an employer which supports the diversity of its staff".
She added that it is "essential" for the department to understand and reflect the society it serves.
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