According to a recent survey by the TUC, a fifth of workplaces do not have policies in place to support LGBTQ+ staff.
Additionally, only 51 per cent have a policy forbidding discrimination, bullying and harassment against LGBTQ+ staff, and 47 per cent offer clarity on how workers can report such cases.
This is even more troubling when one in eight managers say they have handled complaints of harassment or discrimination from LGBTQ+ workers.
However, those who do have policies in place have not refreshed these, the TUC have revealed.
Only one in three of the companies that have policies have refreshed them in the past 12 months. Additionally, 28 per cent can’t recall the last time they reviewed them.
Mind the gap
The TUC also revealed that there is a 16 per cent LGBTQ+ pay gap, meaning these employees are essentially paid £6,703 less per year than their peers.
Regardless of this, only one in eight workplaces examine the gap, and just a fifth have an action plan in place to address it.
Lack of support
When it comes to trans and non-binary staff, only a quarter of managers said they have a specific policy in place to help employees who are considering a transition.
47 per cent have policies in place around family-friendly support, including adoption and parental pay and leave that apply equally to LGBTQ+ workers.
TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said:
“Without these policies, too many LGBT workers experience bullying, harassment and discrimination at work,” she said.
“A step change is long overdue. Ministers must introduce a new duty on employers to protect all workers from harassment by customers and clients.”
What can employers do?
Make sure you are communicating clear goals to your employees, including managers and senior staff, through education and diversity training.
You can also show your support to the local LGBTQ+ community by sharing local events and groups with staff, sponsor a Pride Party, celebrate National Coming Out Day, and encourage volunteering at events like Pride Month.
Most importantly, create a safe and inclusive workplace where everyone knows what is not tolerated, swiftly recognising and tackling any problems that might arise.
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