Workplace discrimination affects workers in all states and industries. Yet, studies show that you are more likely to become a victim of this type of treatment if you are a part of the LGBTQ community. Research shows that almost half of all LGBTQ workers employed across Texas and the nation have been victims of discriminatory actions. It also shows that many of them experienced this type of treatment within the last year.
According to ABC News, a study initiated by the University of Los Angeles, California, School of Law revealed concerning findings about how often LGBTQ workers face discrimination in the workplace.
Discrimination rates and LGBTQ employees
Research shows that 46% of LGBTQ employees faced some type of workplace discrimination at some point during their careers. This might include losing out on a job, facing exclusion from company events or not receiving a promotion or raise you deserved, among other possible examples. Almost 10% of today’s LGBTQ workers report having lost out on a job or having their bosses lay them off within the past year because of how they identified.
Discrimination rates and LGBTQ employees of color
Studies show that workplace discrimination rates among LGBTQ workers of color are even higher. More than a fifth of 935 LGBTQ workers surveyed said they had experienced physical harassment on the job, reporting that workers punched, hit or beat them up. Another 25.9% of LGBTQ workers of color said they had experienced sexual harassment at work.
In 2020, the Supreme Court ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects American workers against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.