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Over 66% of Residents in Every State Support Transgender Inclusive Employment Protections

By The Williams Institute - 2015-12-23

Summary

Majority support protecting transgender people from employment discrimination even though not every state has such laws.

"Previous studies find that transgender people face disproportionate amounts of workplace discrimination. Passing statewide non-discrimination laws may be one way to reduce these rates."

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A majority of people in every state supports protecting transgender people from employment discrimination even though not every state has such laws, according to a new study by researchers at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law published in Research and Politics.

The study, titled “Transgender Inclusion in State Non-Discrimination Policies: The Democratic Deficit and Political Powerlessness,” examines whether state laws reflect public support for laws that protect transgender people from employment discrimination. The researchers found that states are slow to pass such laws despite a clear consensus.

Previous studies find that transgender people face disproportionate amounts of workplace discrimination. Passing statewide non-discrimination laws may be one way to reduce these rates.

Key findings from the report include:

“The attitudes people hold about minorities greatly affect the policy discussions relating to minority rights,” said Andrew R. Flores, Public Opinion and Policy Fellow at the Williams Institute. “But a disconnect between public opinion and policy may suggest that some minorities are politically disadvantaged in the lawmaking process.

The study was authored by Flores; Jody L. Herman, scholar of public policy; and Christy Mallory, senior counsel and Anna M. Curren Fellow at the Williams Institute.

Full Report: http://rap.sagepub.com/content/2/4/2053168015612246

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