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Almost 50% of LGBTQ workers have faced workplace discrimination

On Behalf of | May 19, 2022 | Blog, Workplace Discrimination

Many workers across Indiana and the rest of the United States experience work-related discrimination. Yet, research shows that workers face a heightened chance of falling victim to it when they are members of the LGBTQ community. Studies show that one in every 10 LGBTQ workers across America faced on-the-job discrimination within the last year. Also, 46% of workers who identify as LGBTQ have faced work-related discrimination at some point during their careers.

According to NBC News, the findings come from a survey of 935 LGBTQ workers in multiple industries and provide additional insight into the types of discrimination workers in this category often face.

Discrimination statistics among LGBTQ workers

Work-related discrimination takes on many forms. Often, victims of it find that they lose out on jobs or promotions because of it. In other cases, they find themselves excluded from company events or denied requests for additional hours. About one in four LGBTQ workers in America reports having experienced sexual harassment in the workplace. About a fifth of them say they experienced physical harassment at work because of who they are.

Discrimination statistics among LGBTQ workers of color

LGBTQ workers of color are even more frequent victims of workplace discrimination. Almost 30% of LGBTQ employees across the United States said they lost out on a job because of their sexual preference or gender identity. Only 18% of white LGBTQ workers reported the same. Similarly, while 26% of white LGBTQ workers said they experienced on-the-job verbal harassment, 36% of LGBTQ workers of color reported the same.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination in the workplace and applies to American employers that have 15 or more workers on staff.


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