New research released by Stonewall Cymru has found that LGBTQ people continue to live in fear of discrimination in the workplace.
The new data reports that more than a third of LGBTQ people in Wales hid their sexuality from their colleagues in the past year, highlighting exclusion and bullying to be the main reason.
LGBTQ continue to be the victims of derogatory remarks, abuse, and being outed without consent.
When it comes to transgender people, the figure rise even higher.
The report found that 45% of trans people have hidden their gender identity in the workplace in fear of discrimination.
Disabled LGBTQ people and LGBTQ people in lower income households also faced higher levels of abuse from their colleagues.
“More and more workplaces in Wales are showing their dedication to their LGBT staff by taking action to become more inclusive,” said Andrew White, Director of Stonewall Cymru.
“However, our Work Report shows that for some LGBT people in Wales, work is a place of abuse and discrimination.
“The fact that three in ten trans people have faced transphobic behaviour from their own colleagues shows just how much we have to do until everyone can be themselves at work.
“As well as being the right thing to do, equality is good business sense. If you create an environment where employees don’t have to worry about hiding their identity or put up with persistent abuse, you reap the benefits of a happy, motivated workforce.”
Stonewall Cymru has called for employers to enforce a zero-tolerance policy on homophobic, biphobic, and transphobic disrimination, as well as offering more support for trans employees.
Their findings were based on YouGov research of 825 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees across Wales.