Homophobia in the workplace

Sixty per cent of Canadians believe that being gay or lesbian can jeopardize a career
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|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 06/02/2006

Workplace diversity is a badge many Canadian organizations wear proudly, but it seems some organizations are missing the point. According to a new study carried out by Leger Marketing on behalf of Fondation Émergence, a gay and lesbian advocacy group, and Gai Écoute, a telephonic crisis and information service, homophobia is alive and well in corporate Canada.

The study found that 60 per cent of Canadians believe that being gay or lesbian can hinder an employee’s career prospects. This is not surprising as 28 per cent of the 1,525 Canadians polled have witnessed hostile behaviour towards a homosexual person at work.

Following enormous progress over the past few years, employers may be inclined to believe that legal victories ought to have put an end to homophobia. “Unfortunately, it’s not so — homophobia is surfacing in other ways. It’s getting more and more subtle and is becoming less visible,” said Fondation Émergence president Laurent McCutcheon.