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.
“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.”