LGBTIQ workers and students have been asked to share their experiences of sexual harassment for a new survey.
The LGBTIQ Legal Service, which is part of the St Kilda Legal Service in Melbourne, is conducting the survey.
The responses will form the basis of the Legal Centre’s submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission.
The AHRC is currently conducting a National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in the Workplace.
LGBTIQ workers asked to share stories
Furthermore, 90 percent of people who identify as bisexual have experienced sexual harassment during their lifetimes, compared to 70 percent of heterosexual workers.
The research also found 52 percent of gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, or queer workers experienced workplace sexual harassment in the past five years.
On the other hand, just 3 percent of heterosexual workers report experiencing sexual harassment in the past five years.
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The national inquiry
Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins said the global #MeToo movement had exposed the true prevalence of the problem.
She also said it highlighted 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 in addition to 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.”
Sexual Harassment Claims welcomes survey
Meanwhile, Christiaan van Oeveren from Sexual Harassment Claims welcomed the survey.
“LGBITQ people are particularly vulnerable to sexual harassment and discrimination, therefore, I’d encourage anyone who has a story to tell to take part in the survey,” he said.
“Sexual harassment is a scourge on our society, and it is through research like this that we can begin to understand the problem, and eventually hopefully eliminate it.”
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