Workplace culture needs to change. No one should think that a colleague being LGBT is an invitation for sexualised comments or inappropriate questions – let alone serious acts of assault.
Existing legal protections and workplace initiatives are not addressing the scale and seriousness of this issue. Additional legal protections and new ways of tackling sexual harassment are needed.
Government must change the law to put the responsibility for preventing harassment on employers, not victims. And anyone worried about sexual harassment at work should join a union.
This report – the first major study into LGBT sexual harassment at work in the UK – found that:
Anyone worried about sexual harassment at work should join a union. Our research showed that LGBT union members were more likely to report harassment, and have it dealt with properly. Find a union for you.
Victim Support If you’ve been affected by crime and you need confidential support or information, call our Supportline for free on 08 08 16 89 111.
Rape Crisis Tel: 0808 802 9999
National Stalking Helpline Tel. 0808 802 0300
Birmingham: Birmingham LGBT Centre
South West: Intercom Trust
London: LGBT+ Wellbeing Centre
London: London Friend
London: Switchboard - LGBT+ Helpline
Brighton: Brighton & Hove Switchboard
Manchester: LGBT Foundation
Oxford: Oxford Friend LGBTQ+ Helpline
MindOut LGBTQ Mental Health Service
Galop: Information and support around hate crime and domestic abuse: