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New Survey on Gay Work Discrimination

By Charlotte Robinson, July 26, 2011
As gay civil rights advance in the military & same-gender
marriage becomes legal in New York, the workplace still
presents major discrimination for our LGBT community.
A new survey by the Williams Institute report that 38%
of lesbian, gay & bisexual employees who are out at work
report being harassed because of their sexual orientation.
More than 1/3 surveyed said they were not out to any
colleagues at work. Surveys that focus specifically on
transgender workers in recent years have found even
greater employment discrimination. A 2011 study found
that 78% of trans employees had reported at least one
form of harassment on the job with almost 1/2 saying
they'd experienced discrimination in hiring, & promotion.
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1 comment:

Christy Mallory said...

This new data shows that it’s still risky to come out about being LGBT in the workplace. Therefore, it’s not surprising that the GSS data also show that one-third of Lesbian Gay and Bisexual employees are not open about their sexual orientation to anyone in the workplace.

Not only does research document the pervasiveness of sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination, but also the negative impacts of discrimination on LGBT people. Because of discrimination, and fear of discrimination, many LGBT employees hide their identities, are paid less and have fewer employment opportunities than non-LGBT employees.

Christy Mallory, co-author and Williams legal fellow

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