27 Oct 14
Gay Montenegrins Face Workplace Discrimination
Every third LGBT person in Montenegro has been a victim of homophobia in the workplace and almost half have experienced discrimination, a new survey suggests.
The survey entitled ‘Discrimination Against LGBT People in the Labour Market’, conducted this month by a network of NGOs called LGBT Forum Progres, said that nearly half of the respondents alleged that they had been discriminated against due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.
It says that almost one-fifth of those who work in the public sector that professional advancement became impossible and career opportunities were blocked when their sexual orientation became known.
“We have registered dozens of cases in which LGBT people, especially employees in the state or local administration, also suffered from unfair treatment, mostly regarding business trips, the payment of per diem rates, and referral to expert and other training,” LGBT Forum Progres said.
LGBT Forum Progres estimates that in Montenegro, with its total population of about 650,000, there are 10,000 gay people among the working-age population.
The Montenegrin government has pledged to protect the LGBT community and to adopt anti-discrimination legislation.
But NGOs LGBT Forum Proges, Civic Alliance, Queer Montenegro claimed in a statement last month that it has failed to “send a strong political signal” that as a EU membership candidate, all its citizens must be protected and respected by the authorities, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
The latest EU progress report on Montenegro said that although the authorities took further steps to strengthen the protection of the rights of LGBT people, hostility against them remains widespread in society.
Attacks on LGBT people continued and criminal convictions for these assaults remain few, the report said.
Source: Balkan Insight (Montenegro)