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LGBT Discrimination in the Workplace

Updated/Revised Date: 17th Jul 2022
Author: Sexual Diversity | Contact: SexualDiversity.org
Additional References: Workplace Discrimination Publications

Synopsis: Information regarding gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, sexual discrimination at work or place of employment.

Definition

Workplace Discrimination

Discrimination in the workplace occurs when an individual or group is treated unfairly or unequally based on specific characteristics - including religion, ethnicity, sex, age, family status, and sexual orientation. To discriminate means to make distinctions. Human rights laws do not prohibit discrimination in themselves. Discrimination is prohibited only based on specific grounds in certain situations. Discrimination in the workplace can happen between coworkers, job applicants, or employees and their employers. Discrimination, regardless of intention, is illegal, whether on purpose or by accident. Discrimination does not have to be intentional to be against the law. It is the effect on the individual that matters.

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Bullying, of any kind, can significantly impact an individual's ability to do their job and their health and wellbeing.

Intimidation, threats, scolding, teasing, and overworking are just some of the many issues victims of workplace bullying endure daily. Workplace bullying of LGBT employees can have a serious negative impact on individuals and companies. Everyone in a company benefits from recognizing and stopping workplace bullying.

Bullying is something that occurs in all walks of life and is not something that stops when you leave school. Bullying in the workplace is a prevalent issue, and employers have a commitment to you as a member of staff to ensure that you're free from discrimination and harassment within the workplace.

Bullying and harassment are often used interchangeably by individuals, and definitions include bullying as a form of harassment. It doesn't matter how you define it; if you feel you're being bullied, harassed, or discriminated against because of anything, you need to do something about it!

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Latest Workplace Discrimination Publications

The above information is from our reference library of material relating to Workplace Discrimination that includes:

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Despite airline industry attempts to cultivate diverse working environments, gendered practices and pressures persist with female cabin crew encountering expectations on appearance not extended to male counterparts.
Publish Date: 17th Jan 2023

Research reveals those in management positions demonstrate explicit and implicit bias toward others from marginalized groups and often express more implicit bias than those not in management.
Publish Date: 2nd Dec 2022
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Men are more likely than women to engage in social sexual behavior for personal gain, and it’s most often men in lower-power positions who initiate it.
Publish Date: 12th Sep 2022 - Updated: 5th Jan 2023

Discrimination in America - American women most frequently report being discriminated against in the workplace.
Publish Date: 21st Dec 2017

According to the president of the APA, sexual harassment in the workplace is a pervasive, chronic problem that can cause enduring psychological harm.
Publish Date: 19th Nov 2017


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• (APA): SexualDiversity.org. (2022, July 17). LGBT Discrimination in the Workplace. SexualDiversity.org. Retrieved January 30, 2023 from www.sexualdiversity.org/discrimination/work/


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