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Sexual harassment of LGBT people in the workplace

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- Bisexual people's experiences

Although in many areas there were differences between the experiences of men and women who responded to our survey, the experiences of bisexual men and women were similar across several different types of sexual harassment and sexual assault at work, including sexual assault and rape.

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Figure 4: Trans women's experiences

Around one in five bisexual men and women who responded to our survey experienced sexual assault at work (20 per cent and 22 per cent* respectively) and one in ten reported being seriously sexually assaulted or raped at work (11 per cent and 10 per cent* respectively).

One bisexual woman described being sexually assaulted by a colleague and the negative response of her manager who witnessed it.

My manager saw the whole thing and when I complained, he said that I ‘must like that thing because I am a bi woman.

19- to 25-year-old, bisexual, woman, The Cost of Being Out at Work survey

...The manager said I had ‘brought it upon myself’ and, as I was a fairly new employee, I ‘wasn’t worth as much’ as the man who sexually assaulted me.” 19- to 25-year-old, bisexual, woman, The Cost of Being Out at Work survey

“A colleague at my last job undid my bra and groped my breasts.” 19- to 25-year-old, bisexual, woman, The Cost of Being Out at Work survey

“Was sexually assaulted during work hours. My supervisor thought it was hilarious and decided to call every shop in the company to tell everyone about it. They made fun of me for weeks.” 26- to 35-year-old, bisexual, man, The Cost of Being Out at Work survey