The Law Centres Federation has launched a free DVD that informs lesbian, gay and bisexual people about their employment rights.

Pride Not Prejudice focuses on discrimination and harassment at work on the grounds of sexual orientation.

It explains the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) regulations which were introduced in December 2003 and describes how they protect people in the workplace.

It also provides information on the options available to deal with discrimination and harassment.

At the Launch of the DVD last week, Ben Summerskill, Commissioner of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights and Chief Executive of Stonewall, said:

“This DVD will help many lesbian, gay and bisexual people give meaning to their new rights at work.

“It uses the experience and views of real people to help others develop the skills, confidence and knowledge necessary to take action if faced with discrimination at work.”

The Law Centres Federation produced the Pride Not Prejudice DVD in partnership with Southwark Law Centre and Southwark LGBT Network.

Members of the community in Southwark contributed significantly to the planning and production of the DVD.

As well as being a useful resource for individuals, it can also be of use to lawyers and law students who want to gain a better understanding of the law as it now stands.

So far there have been relatively few cases brought under the Employment Equality Regulations, despite the fact that the legislation was introduced over three years ago.

In 2005/06 less than 0.2% of the claims accepted by the Employment Tribunals involved a claim on the grounds of Sexual Orientation.

To obtain a copy of the free DVD, contact Savita Narain at the Law Centres Federation on 020-7121 3320 or email savita@lawcentres.org.uk .