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One in 10 LGBT+ employees have experienced workplace bullying, says new study

The concerning new figures question whether enough is being done to tackle workplace discrimination.

New research has found that one in 10 LGBT+ employees have experienced bullying in their place of work because of their sexuality.

The study – conducted by job site CV-Library – found that out of 1,200 British workers, 11.7% had been bullied for identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

That percentage climbs to 15.4% of employees who revealed that they had witnessed a colleague dealing with prejudice and discrimination based on their sexuality.

Nearly three quarters of people who identify as LGBT+ said they are open about their sexuality at work, but only one in 10 said that their employer doesn’t actively support LGBT+ diversity in the office.

Related: One in three LGBT+ people have been harassed or bullied in the workplace

“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,” said Lee Biggins, managing director of CV-Library.

“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.”

The study also found that 59.1% of people asked said that their employer doesn’t have, or that they are not aware of , anti-discrimination policies that would protect LGBT+ people.

But more worryingly, 27% of respondents said they wouldn’t or are unsure that they would feel confident enough to report LGBT+ discrimination in the workplace if they had witnessed it.

“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,” Biggins added.

“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.”

Related: Discrimination in the workplace, get the facts

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