"An executive order by President
"A Broken Bargain:
LGBT workers face discrimination that makes it harder for them to find and keep good jobs, earn a living, and provide for both themselves and their families. This discrimination includes:
* Bias and discrimination in recruitment and hiring. LGBT workers can put their job prospects at risk if they disclose that they are LGBT while looking for work.
* On-the-job inequality and unfair firing. An LGBT employee may be in a workplace that is blatantly hostile, one that condones anti-gay or anti-transgender jokes and slurs, and/or one where employers look the other way and allow a discriminatory climate to flourish. A 2011 survey found that 58 percent of lesbian, gay, and bisexual workers and 78 percent of transgender workers had heard derogatory remarks or jokes at work. A different survey found that 26 percent of transgender workers were unfairly fired because they were transgender, and 47 percent said they had experienced an adverse job outcome, such as being dZred, not hired, or denied a promotion.
* Wage gaps and penalties. In addition to job and workplace discrimination, LGBT employees face wage disparities that make it harder for them to provide for themselves and their families. Polls show that individuals who self-identify as LGBT are more likely to report incomes of less than
"Right now, 18 states plus
An overwhelming majority of Americans believe that LGBT workers should be treated fairly. According to a 2014 poll by the
* Signing an executive order. A federal executive order would prohibit companies that contract with the federal government from discriminating in employment based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
* Enacting nondiscrimination laws and policies. Federal, state, and local governments should pass nondiscrimination laws or ordinances that include explicit protections for LGBT workers on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. For example, the
* Fostering diverse and inclusive workplaces. Government and private employers should put in place policies and procedures that foster welcoming and inclusive workplaces and encourage diversity. Eighty-eight percent of Fortune 500 companies have policies protecting lesbian, gay, and bisexual workers, and 57 percent also protect transgender workers.
"Fewer than half of states have laws protecting workers based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression," said
"A Broken Bargain:
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