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Poll finds widespread discrimination against LGBTQI+ staff

Published on: 5 Jun 2024

Two in five workers who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, or intersex (LGBTQI+) have faced discrimination at work, a survey has found.

Poll finds widespread discrimination

HR specialist Randstad polled 2,000 LGBTQI+ staff; it revealed that 41% have faced discrimination, 29% have felt compelled to quit, and 33% believe their sexuality or gender identity has negatively impacted their careers, remuneration or progression.

The survey also found that 36% choose to work remotely because the office is not inclusive, with the same proportion reporting that they feel less motivated or productive at work.

However, 41% say they face less discrimination now than in 2019, and 51% say their employer has taken meaningful action to create an equitable workplace. 

A majority (57%) think businesses should take a stance on sexuality and gender identity issues internally and make positive changes. While 41% reported that their employer actively engages with Pride Month, 39% consider the contribution “tokenistic”. 

“Workers consistently tell us that the ability to be themselves at work means that they feel more productive, motivated and can reach their full potential at work,” said Randstad CEO Sander van't Noordende, adding: “It’s not just the right thing to do, it also makes good business sense.”