1Center for American Progress | Gay and Transgender People Face Workplace Discrimination and Harassment
Gay and Transgender People Face High Ratesof Workplace Discrimination and Harassment
Data Demonstrate Need for Federal Law
Crosby Burns and Jeff Krehely May 2011
Gay and ransgender individuals coninue o ace widespread discriminaion in he workplace.* Sudies show ha anywhere rom 15 percen o 43 percen o gay peoplehave experienced some orm o discriminaion and harassmen a he workplace.Moreover, a saggering 90 percen o ransgender workers repor some orm o harass-men or misreamen on he job. Tese workplace abuses pose a real and immediaehrea o he economic securiy o gay and ransgender workers.Congress should work quickly o pass he Employmen Non-Discriminaion Ac, orENDA, o ensure ha all Americans are judged in he workplace based on heir skills,qualicaions, and he qualiy o heir work. Righ now, oo many o our counry’s gay and ransgender workers are being judged on heir sexual orienaion and gender iden-iy—acors ha have no impac on how well a person perorms heir job.
Te Williams Insiue on Sexual Orienaion Law and Public Policy aggregaeda num- ber o surveys o deermine he exen o which gay and ransgender workers experiencediscriminaion and harassmen in he workplace. Teir ndings illusrae ha discrimi-naion and harassmen are pervasive:
Fifteen percent to 43 percent of gay and transgender workers have experiencedsome form of discrimination on the job.
Eigh percen o 17 percen o gay and ransgender workers repor being passed overor a job or red because o heir sexual orienaion or gender ideniy.
en percen o 28 percen received a negaive perormance evaluaion or were passedover or a promoion because hey were gay or ransgender.
Seven percen o 41 percen o gay and ransgender workers were verbally orphysically abused or had heir workplace vandalized.
* In this column, the term gay is used as an umbrella term for people who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual.