Belfast conference urges more support for LGBT employees
A series of events to assist employers to implement diversity in the workplace has kicked off in Belfast.
Oxford Economics, IBM, Pinsent Masons, the Department for Employment and Learning, and Belfast City Council joined the Rainbow Project in the launch of the series at an economic conference in Belfast City Hall.
The Rainbow Project events are designed to assist employers to implement supportive policies for gay, lesbian and bisexual employees, to achieve positive outcomes.
Matthew McDermott, policy manager at the Rainbow Project, said that supportive policies have been linked with greater job commitment, improved workplace relationships, increased job satisfaction, less discrimination and more openness.
"Employers benefit from more openness and that's why diversity matters," he said.
Lord Mayor Mairtin O Muilleoir added: "The people at the Rainbow Project are fantastic ambassadors for equality and diversity. It's vitally important equality and diversity are celebrated in all aspects of life."