Commenting on the TUC’s report into LGBT workers’ experiences of sexual harassment, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, said:
“The findings of this survey are deeply disturbing.
“The NASUWT’s own research of LGBTI teachers has found that 22% of LGBTI teachers say they have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace and that a majority of teachers do not feel their workplace is a safe environment for LGBTI teachers.
“It is clear that too many employers are failing in their duty to tackle harassment, bullying and prejudice against LGBT workers and it’s about time they took seriously their duty of care for their employees.
“The NASUWT will have no hesitation in taking action in schools where sexual harassment occurs and employers fail to operate a zero-tolerance approach.
“The NASUWT believes that statutory provisions are urgently needed to require schools to record all incidents of sexual harassment and to have a policy to deal with such incidents.”