Post submitted by Maureen McCarty, former HRC Deputy Director of Marketing

According to a Williams Institute study released today, approximately 119,000 LGBT workers in Arizona are susceptible to employment discrimination. 

The report, co-authored by Christy Mallory, Senior Counsel, and Brad Sears, Executive Director, at the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute, found that 78% of respondents believed employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity should be prohibited in the U.S. 

Currently, the state only prohibits discrimination against public employees based on sexual orientation. While there are no statewide protections in Arizona, four Arizona cities (Flagstaff, Phoenix, Tempe and Tucson) have passed ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. According to the Williams Institute, that leaves 67 percent of Arizona’s workforce without workplace protections.

HRC is on-the-ground working and is working alongside allied organizations to continue the momentum to bring needed employment, housing and public accommodations protections to LGBT Arizonans city-by-city and, ultimately statewide.

To learn about the employment laws and policies in your state, click here.

Read the Williams Institute report in its entirety here.

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