Transgender Discrimination in the Work Place
In the middle of the 2016 LGBT week, the National LGBTQ Task Force and the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights released a guide to help those facing discrimination in their workplace because of their sexual identity or orientation. The resource guide is for those facing these issues at work and those who can’t find a job in the first place. A National Transgender Discrimination Survey found that 90% of transgender employees in the US had experienced harassment and discrimination in the workplace.
A report from the DC Office of Human Rights indicates that 48% of employers who were surveyed preferred candidates who were less qualified if they were believed to be “cisgender” over transgender candidates who had more qualifications. Cisgender is a term used to describe people who have retained the same gender they were born with.
The National LGBT Task Force resource guide is aimed at helping employers create a workplace that is all-inclusive and where those in the LGBT community can feel safe, affirmed and welcome. To this end, the report includes in-depth recommendations put together by human resource specialists.
Another challenge that LGBTs face at work is that they are paid less. Roughly 15% of LGBT community in the US have an annual income of less than $10,000, which is a poverty rate four times that of the general population’s. The Human Rights Center reports that this wage disparity makes it more difficulty for those in the community to provide for themselves and their families.
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