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Research on attitudes to LGB&T employees

The Home Office has published details of a new study into employment barriers faced by LGB&T people, that identifies the obstacles preventing employers from taking action to make their workplace more LGB&T-friendly.

The report, Barriers to employers in developing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender friendly workplaces concludes that inertia, lack of understanding that it is a workplace matter and nervousness about the area, together with uncertainty about how to address issues, were key barriers to employers taking action to make their workplace more LGB-friendly. In general, there is also substantial ignorance about transgender and hostility towards transgender people. In recognition that both legal information and advice and assistance on how to handle the situation can be difficult to find, Section 9 of the report contains a number of useful recommendations for employers introducing or reviewing their equality policies relating to LGB&T employees.

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