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70% of LGBT people sexually harassed at work - join the union!

70% of LGBT people sexually harassed at work - join the union, contact your Unite reps


  • A TUC study into LGBT sexual harassment at work in the UK found that nearly 7 in 10 (68%) lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people have been sexually harassed at work.
  • Two-thirds (66%) did not tell their employer about the harassment, and a quarter of those said they didn’t report because they were afraid of being ‘outed’ at work.
  • The TUC is calling on the government to change the law to make employers directly responsible for preventing harassment.


A new report from the TUC to coincide with the International Day Against Homophobia Transphobia and Biphobia exposes a hidden epidemic of harassment, with BME women and those with disabilities most affected. Click 'download' below to read the report.


Worryingly, 1 in 25 described the experience as so unbearable that it caused them to leave their job without another job to go to.


Raise union profile


The report has has widespread media publicity and the need to joina union has been highlighted as well as the need for improved legislation.  It is a chance for Unite reps to raise the profile of the union - we take up individual cases and a strong union is needed to ensure a fair regime in the workplace.


More than two in five LGBT people (42%) said they had experienced colleagues making unwelcome comments or asking unwelcome questions about their sex life. More than a quarter (27%) reported receiving unwelcome verbal sexual advances.


Two-thirds (66%) said they did not tell their employer about the harassment, and a quarter of these said it was because they were afraid of being “outed” at work.


The survey found LGBT women were more likely to experience unwanted touching and sexual assault at work. More than a third (35%) reported experiencing unwanted touching, for example hands placed on their lower back or knee.


More than one-fifth (21%) reported experiencing sexual assault, for example unwanted touching of the breasts, buttocks or genitals, or attempts to kiss them, while one in eight (12%) LGBT women said they had been seriously sexually assaulted or raped at work.


17th May 2019


Comments :

What is fellow workers witnessing or shop stewards health and safety rep's? Should our union movement be more accountable. It is a difficult issue like all others.

By Patrick Atkinson on 2019-05-21 07:44:46


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