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The Scheme is supporting calls for the industry to undergo a cultural shift after a

recent survey revealed that many construction workers would be uncomfortable

working alongside lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) colleagues.

SCHEME NEWS

26

December 2015

Issue 39

Welcoming change in attitude

towards LGBT colleagues

Research carried out for industry

magazines Construction News,

Architects Journal and New Civil

Engineer (NCE) also found that

just 7% of LGBT employees would

recommend the construction

industry as a ‘great place to work’.

Homophobia common in

workplace

More than half of LGBT staff

surveyed said that homophobia

is common in the workplace,

with almost two-thirds of staff

hearing offensive or homophobic

comments in the last 12 months.

The survey raises a number of

questions about the attitudes

towards LGBT issues within the

construction industry which

is falling behind other sectors,

according to LGBT campaigning

charity Stonewall.

The Scheme’s ‘Spotlight on…

language’ feature addresses how

the issue of offensive and abusive

language in the workplace can be

tackled.

Diversity champions

Stonewall has praised construction

companies such as Balfour Beatty

which launched its LGBT Employee