Experience of LGBT+ Employees at the Workplace in India: Diversity and Inclusion

Abhay Mane


Introduction: Not many individuals belonging to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) community are open about their identity in society or at their workplace. There is scarcity of data on LGBT+ employees at workplace in India with very few employers encouraging active hiring of the community or considering having policies in place for these individuals.

Objective: The objective of this study is to understand the current situation of LGBT+ employees in India and find out about their experiences related to their sexuality.

Methods: A survey of 10 questions was conducted and answered by LGBT+ individuals who are employees and currently work in India. The employees of any type of organization were allowed to take the survey. The questionnaire probed into various aspects of their experience at the workplace.

Results: 103 individuals answered the survey. Only 17 (16.50%) responders are completely open about their orientation whereas 6 are partially open. 8 survey takers reported to have faced negativity after opening about their sexuality at the workplace whereas 16 out of 23 have faced some form of discrimination. Only 18 survey takers said that they wish to come out to their colleagues in near future.

Conclusion: Very few LGBT+ employees are open about their sexuality at the workplace. Discrimination and harassment are likely to happen to these individuals. Hence, there is a need for protective laws for LGBT employees.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5296/ijssr.v9i2.18925


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