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

According to An Impossible Choice: LGBT Workers and Family Leave Laws, an issue brief released today, discriminatory laws and unequal access to family and medical leave laws force LGBT workers to choose between managing medical or family crises and jeopardizing their livelihoods.  

No American should face this difficult decision. Yet, for same-sex couples living in one of the 34 states without marriage equality, this is a stark reality. LGBT families are often denied equal access to job-protected leave and face added obstacles to managing such situations. Transgender workers may confront challenges getting job-protected leave for their own transition-related care.

Though America has passed numerous laws and policies based on an understanding that protecting the interests of workers and their families is good for the economy and good for the country, today’s issue brief underlines the work that still lies ahead to protect LGBT workers on both a federal and state level. 

An Impossible Choice: LGBT Workers and Family Leave Laws was authored by the Movement Advancement Project, the Center for American Progress and the Human Rights Campaign, in partnership with A Better Balance, Family Values @ Work and the National Partnership for Women & Families

The brief is based on research from the groundbreaking report, A Broken Bargain: Discrimination, Fewer Benefits, and More Taxes for LGBT Workers.

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Filed under: Health & Aging, Workplace, Media

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