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Citizens Advice launches campaign to stamp out bullying


A campaign to wipe out bullying and discrimination at work because of a person's sexuality has been launched by Citizens Advice.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of new laws that give protection against discrimination, harassment or victimisation by bosses or colleagues in the workplace because a person is gay, lesbian or bi-sexual.

The laws cover a range of unfair treatment such as being denied promotion or training, being offered less favourable terms and conditions than others, physical and verbal harassment, and being dismissed on the grounds of sexuality. Examples include everything from taunts and name-calling through to lesbian, gay and bisexual people not being able to take bereavement leave when their partner dies.

Citizens Advice Chief Executive David Harker said: "Bullying and discrimination in the workplace is unacceptable. It is only recently that the law has changed so that it offers protection to people who are discriminated against because of their sexuality."

As part of the campaign, posters and advice leaflets giving tips on how to deal with bullying in the workplace will be placed in CAB and other outlets and specially trained CAB staff will be on hand to give advice.

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