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Preparation 'key to handling tension between gay and religious staff'
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Employers should ensure they are adequately prepared to deal with any tension which might occur between gay workers and religious staff, according to the equality charity Stonewall.
Ben Summerskill, chief executive of the body, explained that while some problems might arise between the two groups, there is much that can be done to reduce the impact of any issues that do occur.
He said: "We recognise that there are still some tensions between people of faith and the 1.7 million gay people in the British workplace.
"By preparing for difficult situations, employers can manage potential conflicts with confidence."
Although such issues are rare, employers are less confident about dealing with them as they are in other dispute cases, Mr Summerskill added.
Yesterday, Race for Opportunity called on British employers to do more to promote equality in the workplace.
It revealed that only 4.3 per cent of board-level staff members are from an ethnic minority background, despite the fact that this group accounts for 8.5 per cent of the total workforce.
Posted by Stephen Wilkinson.
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