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LGBT Workers in Arkansas Lack Statewide Protections against Ongoing Employment Discrimination

By The Williams Institute - 2015-01-20 - Updated: 2017-02-28

Summary

Approximately 47,000 LGBT workers in Arkansas are vulnerable to employment discrimination absent explicit statewide legal protections.

"Five of the six Fortune 500 companies based in Arkansas have policies prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation, and three of those companies also prohibit discrimination based on gender identity"

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Currently, no localities in Arkansas have an ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in public and private sector employment.

“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,” Mallory said. “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:

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