Three Common Forms of Discrimination that LGBTQ Employees Face in the Workplace

Despite such laws as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination in the workplace, unfair treatment is still rampant in workplaces across the country. Discrimination especially affects a number of minority groups, including the LGBTQ community, and can prevent people from receiving fair pay and getting jobs they are qualified to perform. What’s more, discrimination can result in harassment and even violence against people in their places of work. A few common forms of discrimination that queer people continue to experience in the workplace are listed below.

  1. LGBTQ candidates are less likely to be hired: Even today, LGBTQ candidates are considerably less likely to be hired or called back to an interview compared to their heterosexual counterparts. A 2014 study conducted by the Equal Rights Center and Freedom to Work found LGBTQ applicants were 23 percent less likely to be called back for another interview with federal contractors than straight and less qualified applicants. LGBTQ employees continue to be denied employment based on their sexual orientation, despite their qualifications and despite anti-discrimination policies in place.
  2. Many LGBTQ people are afraid of coming out in the workplace: Many LGBTQ employees stay closeted in their workplace for fear of harassment and fear of discrimination. They feel that if they come out they will be treated differently, denied promotions, or made the butt of jokes. This fear is not unfounded; many LGBTQ people are actively denied the same treatment as their straight counterparts in the workplace. Staying in the closet can additionally have a number of adverse emotional and psychological effects on queer people, which makes their workplace an unhappy and unsafe place for them.
  3. LGBTQ people are routinely overlooked for or denied promotions: Some prejudiced employers do not fire LGBTQ employees because of laws that are in place, but they will discriminate in other ways that may be harder to prove, such as preventing queer people from moving up in the company, even if they deserve to do so. This practice keeps queer people in a degraded state and denies them their right to work in the same way as other employees.

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If you have experienced discrimination in your workplace based on your sexual orientation, your employers can be held legally accountable, and you may additionally be entitled to compensation for the treatment you have endured. At Cary Kane, our legal team has years of experience trying discrimination cases and we are passionate about ensuring victims receive the justice they deserve. No one should be treated or paid unfairly in the workplace, and there are laws in place to protect you from this treatment. If you have any questions or want to set up an appointment with one of our qualified New York City sexual orientation discrimination attorneys, please contact us at 212.868.6300   today.


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