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Arizona LGBT Workers Lack Protection against Employment Discrimination

By The Williams Institute - 2015-01-06 - Updated: 2017-02-28


Approximately 119,000 LGBT workers in Arizona lack statewide protections against ongoing employment discrimination.

"Several recent instances of employment discrimination against LGBT people in Arizona have been documented in the media, court cases and reports to legal organizations"

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Approximately 119,000 LGBT workers in Arizona are vulnerable to employment discrimination absent explicit statewide legal protections, according to a new report co-authored by Christy Mallory, Senior Counsel, and Brad Sears, Executive Director, at the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute.

Currently, four cities in Arizona have ordinances prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in public and private sector employment, but approximately 67% of Arizona’s workforce is not covered by these laws.

“A statewide law prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity would bring new protections to thousands of workers without burdening courts and agencies,” said Mallory.

“Most likely, the cost of handing complaints filed under the law could be absorbed into the existing enforcement system with no need for additional staff or resources.”

Key findings from the report include:

Findings from the Arizona report are consistent with national data.

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