Post Submitted by Ianthe Metzger, Communications Coordinator
Despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of Americans support workplace nondiscrimination protections for LGBT individuals, there is no federal law mandating these protections and less than half of states ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
A Broken Bargain: Unchecked Discrimination Against LGBT Workers is a new report which documents the struggles that LGBT workers continue to face on the job. There is still a hiring bias that makes it more difficult for LGBT workers to secure good jobs and they also disproportionately experience unfair firing and on-the-job inequality. Additionally, severe wage disparities and penalties exist making it harder for LGBT workers to provide for themselves and their loved ones.
A Broken Bargain not only looks at the problems LGBT workers face but also delineates solutions and recommendations, so that policymakers and business leaders can take steps to protect all workers. With 58% of LGB workers, and 78% of trans workers reportedly hearing derogatory remarks on the job, fostering diverse and inclusive workplaces must continue to be a priority for all businesses and communities. An executive order prohibiting companies that contract with the federal government from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, would be a great start for example. As would enacting nondiscrimination laws and policies on the state and local levels.
Today 88% of Fortune 500 companies have policies protecting workers based on sexual orientation and 57% also protect transgender workers. These companies understand that discrimination is not only bad for LGBT workers, but it harms businesses and communities.
A Broken Bargain: Unchecked Discrimination Against LGBT Workers is Coauthored by the Movement Advancement Project (MAP), the Center for American Progress (CAP), Freedom to Work, and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), in partnership with the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and Out & Equal Workplace Advocates The report is available online here.