New Report Claims LGBTQs Are Treated Worse in the Workplace, Elsewhere

Wednesday April 7, 2021

New Report Claims LGBTQs Are Treated Worse in the Workplace, Elsewhere
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Ever hear anti-LGBTQ rhetoric in the workplace? If so, you are not alone.

"Significant proportions of Americans believe that LGBTQ people are treated worse than non-LGBTQ people at work and school, and by law enforcement and healthcare providers, according to a new study by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law," the Los Angeles Blade reports.

In the report summary, the Williams Institute wrote: "We analyzed data collected from 2,237 adults in the U.S. in May and June of 2019. The data were collected by IPSOS in collaboration with Thomson Reuters and the Williams Institute Overall, we find that the patterns of discrimination reported by state, local, and federal government employees, as well as private-sector employees, are very similar: employees in all sectors report high levels of continuing discrimination and harassment of LGBTQ employees in the workplace. In addition, they report similar rates of extensive and continuing unfair treatment of LGBTQ people in schools, by law enforcement, and by health care providers."

In their conclusions, the researchers found an estimated 6% of employees identify as LGBTQ. In the workplace 45% of all employees (LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ) "report hearing anti-LGBT remarks in the workplace and almost one in four (24%) employees report that LGBTQ people are treated unfairly in the workplace." Additionally, approximately "one-third of all Americans (35%) think that LGBTQ people are treated worse than non-LGBTQ people in schools and one-quarter believe LGBTQ people are treated worse by law enforcement."

"Many employees report hearing anti-LGBT remarks at work and say that their LGBTQ co-workers face unfair treatment," said lead author Brad Sears, Founding Executive Director at the Williams Institute. "Perceptions of discrimination against LGBTQ people are consistent across private and public sector workforces."

Key findings include one in four (24%) report that LGBTQ people are treated unfairly in the workplace nationally, as well as being treated worse by law enforcement by the same percentage. Health care providers fare better with only 17% believing that LGBTQ people are treated worse than non-LGBTQ.

But the most disturbing finding is that nearly nine in 10 adult students (87%) report hearing anti-LGBT remarks in school. With approximately one-third of all Americans (35%) think that LGBTQ people are treated worse in schools across the U.S.

Almost six in 10 (57%) LGBT people believe that LGBTQ people are treated worse in schools nationally, while only 33% of non-LGBT people believe so.

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