'A Broken Bargain: Unchecked Discrimination Against LGBT Workers'

'A Broken Bargain: Unchecked Discrimination Against LGBT Workers'

With only eighteen states and the District of Columbia enacting laws to prohibit discrimination in employment practices based on sexual orientation and gender identity, workers across the country who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender continue to face hiring bias, unfair treatment or harassment, and unequal wages in the workplace, a report from the Movement Advancement Project, Center for American Progress, Human Rights Campaign, and Freedom to Work finds. The report, A Broken Bargain: Unchecked Discrimination Against LGBT Workers (8 pages, PDF), found that significant numbers of LGBT employees reported receiving a negative performance evaluation (10-21 percent), being passed over for a promotion (11-28 percent), or being unfairly fired (9 percent) because of their sexual orientation. The report also found that men in same-sex couples earn less than men in heterosexual couples and that while women in same-sex couples fare better than women in heterosexual couples, household income for lesbian couples is considerably lower than for both opposite-sex households and households headed by gay men. The report calls for federal, state, and local non-discrimination laws and ordinances, an executive order mandating that federal contractors have employment policies prohibiting discrimination, expanded legal protections against wage discrimination, and swift and effective processing of discrimination claims.