The ups and downs of LGBs’ workplace experiences


Event: 30 January 2014, 2-5pm, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Canary Wharf, London

A report by researchers at Manchester Business School and Plymouth University looking at discrimination, bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay and bisexual employees in the UK will be launched at an event on Thursday 30 January.

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and supported by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, The ups and downs of LGBs’ workplace experiences, draws on a representative survey of over 1,200 face-to-face interviews and is backed up by over 50 interviews with LGBs in six organisational case studies and 75 heterosexual respondents discussing LGB vignettes in 15 focus groups. It provides insights that have often been absent in explaining the relatively high incidences of bullying and discrimination of LGBs in the UK.

Hosted by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the event will include a report from the research team – Helge Hoel, Duncan Lewis and Anna Einarsdóttir – followed by a panel discussion with:

•    Lauren Saunders, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
•    Kay Clements, Royal Mail
•    Fiona Colgan, London Metropolitan University
•    Heather Williams, The Lesbian and Gay Foundation
•    Paul Deemer, NHS Employers

Wilson Wong of The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and Peter Purton of the TUC will also provide comments on the project’s findings.

Places are available and free of charge. To book your place email


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