LGBT File Employment Discrimination Complaints as Often as People of Color & Women

Author: The Williams Institute
Published: Thursday 22nd October 2015
Summary: Analysis of complaints show LGBT people use sexual orientation and gender identity employment non-discrimination laws as frequently as others.


LGBT people use sexual orientation and gender identity employment non-discrimination laws as frequently as people of color and women use race and sex non-discrimination laws, according to a new analysis of complaints filed with state enforcement agencies conducted by Christy Mallory, senior counsel, and Brad Sears, executive director, at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law.

The filing rates are similar for all types of discrimination studied.

Across the 14 states that provided complaint data, on average, approximately four to five employment discrimination complaints are filed annually for each 10,000 women, people of color and LGBT people in the workforce, the researchers found.

The findings refute the argument that discrimination against LGBT people does not occur often enough to establish a need for protective laws.

"Because the LGBT population is relatively small, however, the raw number of sexual orientation and gender identity complaints filed is low," Mallory said. "Therefore, passing non-discrimination laws that protect LGBT workers would not overwhelm state enforcement agencies and courts with complaints."

The study, titled "Evidence of Employment Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: An Analysis of Complaints Filed with State Enforcement Agencies," examined complaints filed based on sexual orientation or gender identity, race, and sex and adjusted them by the number of people in the workforce most likely to experience each type of discrimination - LGBT people, people of color and women.

Key findings from the report include:

Data on discrimination complaints were requested from the 22 states that have state-level laws prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Fourteen states responded to the request, including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.

The study's findings are consistent with those of two prior studies that applied the same methodology to older data.

Full Report:

williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/Employment-Discrimination-Complaints-2008-2014.pdf


Similar Topics


From our Workplace Discrimination section - Full List (32 Items)

Send us your coming events and LGBTQ related news stories.


LGBT Community Connectedness Differences Between LGB Republicans and LGB Democrats


Black Men and Sexual Minority Men Overrepresented in U.S. Among Commited Sex Offenders


Over Five Million LGBT Adults in the U.S. are Religious


Canada Reintroduces Legislation to Criminalize Conversion Therapy Related Conduct


No Difference in Health Outcomes for Transgender and Cisgender Parents


LGBT People 4 Times More Likely to be Victims of Violent Crime


Pathways Into Poverty for LGBTQ Adults Study


A Summary of Data on LGBT Suicide for Suicide Prevention Month



Tsara Shelton
"Storytellers are powerful and we are all storytellers," suggests Tsara Shelton, author of the book Spinning in Circles and Learning from Myself: A Collection of Stories that Slowly Grow Up..


LGBT Awareness & Events
List of important LGBT awareness dates and coming sexual diversity events.


Transgender Reporting Guide - English
Guide for those writing on transgender and LGBT community - Spanish Version.
Sexuality Definitions
List of definitions and glossary of sexual terms, abbreviations and their meanings.