LGBTIQ workers and students have been asked to share their experiences of sexual harassment in a new survey that will inform a national inquiry into the issue.
The survey is being conducted by the LGBTIQ Legal Service, which is part of the St Kilda Legal Service in Melbourne.
The survey’s responses will form the basis of the Legal Centre’s submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission’s National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in the Workplace.
According to a report released by the Human Rights Commission in September, 83 percent of people who identify as gay or lesbian and 90 percent of people who identify as bisexual have experienced sexual harassment over the course of their lifetimes, compared to 70 percent of their heterosexual colleagues.
The research found 52 percent of people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, or queer had experienced workplace sexual harassment in the past five years, compared to 3 percent of heterosexual workers.
The national inquiry
Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins said the global conversation about sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement had exposed the true prevalence of the problem and 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,” she said.
“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.”
You can share your experiences of sexual harassment with the LGBTIQ Legal Service anonymously using the survey here.
Individuals can also send the inquiry their own submissions before the deadline of February 28, 2019.
Sexual Harassment Claims welcomes survey
Christiaan Van Oeveren from Sexual Harassment Claims welcomed the survey.
“From what we know, LGBITQ people can be particularly vulnerable to sexual harassment and discrimination, so 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 hopefully one day eliminate it.”
Christiaan Van Oeveren is one of our specialist team who can assist people who have been subjected to sexual harassment or sex discrimination.
If you have experienced sexual harassment or sex discrimination, you may be entitled to compensation.
For help and advice, please call our specialist team at Sexual Harassment Claims on
1300 463 866
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