Nearly Half of All LGBT Employees Feel Bullied at Work

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A survey of bullying in workplace environments found that 40 percent of full time LGBT employees in the United States reported feeling bullied some point — 11 percent higher than the national averages for non-identifying employees with similar complaints.

The Harris Poll collected the data from an online survey sponsored by CareerBuilder, which collected information from 3,420 full-time, non self-employed, non-governmental, with 3,215 from the private sector. 238 of them were LGBT workers. The survey ran between Feb. 16 and Mar. 9 of this year.

"Being bullied can have many effects, many long-lasting, and LGBT workers are feeling the consequences," CareerBuilder's media contact Rachel Nauen wrote on the company's website.

"Of those LGBT workers who were bullied at work, 19 percent have suffered from health-related problems as a result of being bullied at work, and 15 percent have called in sick because of feeling bullied."

CareerBuilder noted examples of some of the more nuanced variations of bullying that were documented, which include false accusations of mistakes (61 percent); not being acknowledged for work done (50 percent); subjection to standards or policies at variance with other employees (49 percent); gossip, personal criticism, exclusion from projects or meetings (40 percent).

In an article published to CareerBuilder's press website, Nauen offered tips to counter bullying, encouraging victims to voice and file complaints through the proper institutional channels.

"Document interactions with the bully. Keep these notes in a private place, and use them if you need to show the bullying pattern to a third party, such as your company's HR department."

"Rise above, but don't be afraid to confront. Fifty-three percent of workers who were bullied at work confronted their bully, and 20 percent said the bullying stopped."

The tips suggest that to divert one's attention away from the problem simply exacerbates it, suggesting that the amount attention given to workplace bullying is inversely proportional to how frequently such bullying will continue to occur.

According to findings, "seventy-two percent of workers who were bullied at work do not report it to HR."


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