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equalopportunityPatrick Bracher, attorney, and Xhanti Payi, economist, write about the role of business in protecting and promoting the rights of employees who are part of LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community, who are often silent in the workplace.  

SA has a legal framework that outlaws discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation, but it is disheartening that there has been very little momentum from business in living these constitutionally enshrined values and adhering fully to statutes that flow from constitutional principles — including the Employment Equity Act and the Companies Act.  The authors note that discrimination can take silent and subtle forms.  Someone who comes to work every day and is afraid to be themselves because it could have adverse consequences for their jobs and their relationships with colleagues are precisely the people the law is intended to protect.  Anything that prevents any of us from realising our potential is unfair.  But, apart from companies embracing diversity as a matter of complying with the law, discrimination in the workplace often leads to fear and deceit, which in turn could affect company performance.

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