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Australian Employers Sign up to a new anti discrimination program

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Some high profile Australian employers, corporations and government agencies have struck up an accord with a new program aimed at showing their support for GLBTI people in the workplace.

The Pride In Diversity team has gotten involvement from a wide range of sectors including the Australian Federal Police (AFP), the Department of Defence, Goldman Sachs JBWere, IBM, ING Australia, KPMG, Lend Lease and Telstra - all of whom have signed on to the Pride in Diversity program, in a public bid to make their workplaces more queer-friendly.

Officially launched in Sydney on Wednesday, February 10, with guests including The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMP and Master of Ceremonies - Richard Wilkins, the program comes in response to the fact that the majority of GLBT people still experience harassment at work.

“Research shows that up to 60 per cent of GLBT people experience some form of harassment at work during their careers,” said Pride in Diversity director, Dawn Hough.

“That’s four times the rate of the general population.”

Hough said the harassment covered the gamut from negative asides through to outright abuse from both colleagues and management.

“This causes many GLBT people to feel uncomfortable in their workplace which can significantly impair their performance [and] has a very real impact not only on the employee but on the organisation itself.”

The program was created by NSW based health organisation ACON, Diversity Council Australia and Stonewall.org.uk (the organisation, not the pub).

There is a call out for more employers to join the scheme.

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