Stonewall has recognised Leicestershire County Council as one of the top 100 LGBTQ+ friendly employers nationally. The charity has also given the county council a prestigious gold award for its commitment to the inclusion of LGBTQ+ employees.
This year, the authority has been ranked 84th in the charity’s top 100 employers list which has been released today. This places Leicestershire as the top ranked county council nationally in the list.
The gold award received also recognizes the work the county council has done as part of Stonewall’s ‘Bring Yourself to Work’ campaign, which aims to create a welcoming and inclusive workplace for LGBTQ+ people.
The county council has been included in Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers List every year since 2011.
I’m delighted that once again, we have been recognized as an inclusive and welcoming employer for LGBTQ+ people. We’re determined that working at the council be accessible and welcoming to everyone.
The gold award is the highest level in this program, and we’re really pleased that we continue to make steps so that LGBTQ+ staff can come to work knowing that inclusion as one of our top priorities.Person:Councillor Pam Posnett, cabinet member for staff relations
According to the charity’s research, more than a third of LGBTQ+ staff (35 per cent) hide who they are at work, while one in five (18 per cent) have been the target of negative comments because they’re LGBTQ+
The full Top 100 list this year can be found on the Stonewall website, as well as further information about the importance of LGBTQ+ inclusion, and more information on how the Top 100 list is created.