How to tackle hate crime in the workplace?

Hate crime is currently defined as a crime motivated by malice or ill will towards a social group by race, sexual orientation, religion/faith, disability and transgender/gender identity. Examples of hate crime can include physical assault based on a person's gender identity, harassment on social media based on someone's sexual orientation, or making vexatious complaints about a person due to their race.

Across the STUC's equality structures trade union members have raised concerns about hate crime and highlighted examples of how hate crime has affected them in their lives or at work. It is clear from these discussions and debates that hate crime is a workplace issue.

The STUC is seeking your views on what hate crime should include, your experiences of how hate crime can happen in the workplace and how it is dealt with by employers. 

The survey will take no more that 10 minutes to complete and all responses will be kept confidential by the STUC.

For more information on this work please contact scollins@stuc.org.uk

1. Have you ever personally experienced a hate crime in the workplace?

2. If you have experienced hate crime at work, do you believe that this crime was motivated by:

3. Since joining your workplace, have any incidents of hate crime taken place in your workplace between colleagues?

4. If an incident of hate crime has taken place in your workplace what was the outcome?

5. Does your workplace have a policy on hate crime, or does your workplace have any other policies which cover the issue of hate crime?

6. What do you think employers could and should do to prevent, detect and respond to hate crime and prejudice in the workplace?

7. If your workplace does have a policy, were staff trained on use of the hate crime policy?

8. What do you think the Scottish Government could and should do to prevent, detect and respond to hate crime in the workplace?

9. What do you think trade unions could and should do to prevent, detect and respond to hate crime in the workplace?

10. If your workplace does not have a hate crime policy, do you think you and colleagues would benefit from one?

11. What sector do you work in?

12. Would you feel comfortable reporting hate crime to the police if it happened to you outside of work?

13. Would you feel comfortable reporting hate crime to the police if it happened in your workplace?

14. Are there any other groups you think should be covered by hate crime legislation?

15. Do you have any other comments to make or issues to raise relating to hate crime in the workplace?

16. Which union are you a member of?

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