Half of LGBTQ employees are not out at work, majority hear homophobic jokes: Study

July 25, 2018 - 7:07 pm

Nearly half of all LGBTQ employees aren't open -- or out -- about their sexuality, according to a new survey from the Human Rights Campaign.

This figure isn't only disheartening for the LGBTQ community, but for employers as well, since fostering a culture of inclusion directly impacts an employee's productivity.

In the same study, 31 percent of respondents said they felt unhappy or depressed at work. Twenty percent said they had stayed home from work because their workplace "wasn't always accepting of LGBTQ people."

Some in the survey said they sought employment elsewhere because they didn't feel comfortable at work. 

A majority of respondents also said they had heard homophobic jokes at work -- but they did not report them, because they didn't think anything would be done. 

Over 80 percent of the companies in the Fortune 500 have some sort of anti-discrimination policy that protects LGBTQ employees.