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Sexual harassment of LGBT people in the workplace

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Research Findings
7 out of 10 LGBT people have experienced sexual harassment at work
Source: ICM

Our research revealed that around 7 out of 10 (68 per cent) respondents had experienced at least one form of sexual harassment at work.14

Figure 1 shows positive responses to the question, “Have you ever experienced any of the following sorts of unwanted sexual behaviour at work?”

  • 14. Six-hundred-and-eighty-one respondents to our polling of 1,001 LGBT respondents said they had experienced unwanted sexual behaviour in the workplace in the past.
Figure 1
Figure 1: “Have you ever experienced any of the following sorts of unwanted sexual behaviour at work?”

Respondents were asked about each different type of behaviour and were invited to select one of the following answers in relation to each behaviour listed:

  • Total yes
  • Yes, within the last 12 months
  • Yes, more than 12 months ago.

Our research found shockingly high levels of sexual harassment and sexual assault at work across all different types of harassing behaviours for both LGBT men and women.

LGBT women experienced significantly higher levels of sexual harassment and sexual assault in a range of areas, including unwelcome sexual messages, sexual advances and sexual assault. These variations are discussed below. 15 There were also other areas where men and women reported similar levels of sexual harassment.

 
  • 15. Where such differences are set out they are the differences between the women-only sample and the sample of GBT men drawn from the main survey.