LGBTQ employees being sexually harassed at work is ‘hidden epidemic’

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LGBTQ employees being sexually harassed at work is 'hidden epidemic'



Around six of LGBTQ workers asked said they left their job as a result of harassment (Picture: Getty Images)Almost seven out of 10 LGBTQ workers have said they have been sexually harassed at work, a new study has found.
Most of those affected also said that they did not report the incident to their employer, as they feared they would be ‘outed’ as a result.
While around one in six said being harassed at work affected their mental health, the survey by Trades Union Congress (TUC) revealed.
Horrified mum goes vegetarian after finding severed chicken head in box of Iceland wingsLGBTQ women were deemed most likely to suffer unwanted touching, sexual assault or attempts to kiss them, the data showed.
Of the 1,000 people asked, around one in six of those affected also said they had left their job as a result of harassment.
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: ‘This research reveals a hidden epidemic.
‘In 2019 LGBT people should be safe and supported at work, but instead they’re experiencing shockingly high levels of sexual harassment and assault.

The stats were described as a ‘hidden epidemic’ (Picture: PA)‘Workplace culture needs to change. No-one should think that a colleague being LGBTQ is an invitation for sexualised comments or inappropriate questions, let alone serious acts of assault.
‘Government must change the law to put the responsibility for preventing harassment on employers, not victims.’
A spokesman for the Government Equalities Office said: ‘It is appalling LGBTQ people are suffering this harassment. Workplaces should be safe, supportive environments for everybody.
‘The Government will consult shortly on how we can strengthen and clarify existing laws on third-party harassment, as well as making sure employers fully understand their legal responsibility to protect their staff.’

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