Workplace Discrimination

Workplace discrimination refers to the unwarranted negative and unfavorable treatment toward underrepresented, disadvantaged, and/or marginalized individuals groups in the workplace. LGBTQ workers disproportionately experience workplace discrimination due to their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression. According to the Williams Institute (a think tank on sexual orientation policy in California), between 16% and 68% of LGBTQ workers, when surveyed, reported experiencing workplace discrimination. The same report noted that as many as 30% of heterosexual workers reported witnessing workplace discrimination against their LGBTQ colleagues. In some jurisdictions, LGBTQ workers are without specific legal recourse when they experience workplace discrimination because there is an absence of laws that include sexual orientation and gender identity/gender expression as protected classes. This entry considers the history ...

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