LGBTIQ surveyed: workplace sexual harassment

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A survey invites LGBTIQ Australians to share their views and experiences of workplace sexual harassment to inform a national inquiry into the issue.

Survey responses will also form the LGBTIQ Legal Service’s submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission’s National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in the Workplace.

A  report released by the Human Rights Commission previously said many LGBTIQ people experience harassment. 83% of gays lesbians and 90% of bisexual people experience sexual harassment over the course of their lifetimes. That compares to only 70% of heterosexuals.

The research found 52% of gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, or queer people experienced sexual harassment in the past five years. Only 31% of heterosexual workers experienced it during the same time frame.

You can share your experiences with the LGBTIQ Legal Service anonymously.

Individuals can also send the inquiry their own submissions before the deadline of February 28, 2019.

Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins announced the inquiry earlier this year. She said the global conversation about sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement exposed the prevalence of the problem. Also, it demonstrated the harm the issue causes to individuals, workplaces, and society.

“The national inquiry will involve an in-depth examination of sexual harassment in the workplace, nation-wide consultation and extensive research.

“Importantly, the Inquiry will provide employees, employers and all members of the public with an opportunity to participate in developing a solution to ensure Australian workplaces are safe and respectful for everyone.”

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Jordan Hirst
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