British employers are being urged to do more to prevent discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workers, following the publication of a worrying new study.
In a survey of 1,200 LGBT workers, approximately three quarters of respondents said that they were open about their sexuality in the workplace.
Despite this, however, the study – which was carried out by career-hunting website CV Library – found that there was a noticeable stigma attached to ‘coming out’ or identifying as LGBT at work.
11.7 per cent of respondents said that they had experienced some form of discrimination or workplace bullying after identifying as LGBT to their bosses and colleagues.
A further 15.4 per cent said that they had witnessed another LGBT colleague being subjected to some form of prejudice at work – while more than a quarter (27 per cent) added that, after witnessing such incidents, they did not feel comfortable reporting what they had seen to their boss.
Meanwhile, as many as one in ten respondents said that they thought their employer needed to do more in order to support LGBT diversity at work, and to reduce related discrimination and unfair treatment.
Lee Biggins, Managing Director of CV Library, said: “It’s positive to see that so many professionals feel they can be open with their co-workers and managers in regards to their sexual orientation, but they should only share this information if they feel comfortable doing so.
“That said, it’s concerning to learn that so many are being affected by discrimination and bullying because of this and businesses need to ensure they take a zero-tolerance approach to this sort of behaviour, or intimidation of any kind.
“It’s important that all businesses have anti-discrimination policies in place, and that staff are aware of the consequences should they breach these policies,” he said.
“Not only this, but it’s vital that you create a culture where staff feel confident and safe reporting anything they experience themselves, or that they witness, when it comes to discriminatory and unacceptable behaviour at work.”