Williams Institute Report on Employment Discrimination in Utah

Today the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law issued a report (here) about employment discrimination against LGBT people in Utah.  From the press release:

The study found that Utah’s LGBT employees are being discriminated against because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.  Over 43% of LGB respondents and 66% of transgender respondents to the 2010 survey reported that they had been fired, denied a job, or not promoted because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.  Nearly 30% of LGB respondents and 45% of transgender respondents experienced workplace harassment on a weekly basis during the previous year.***

Discrimination negatively affects employers, as well as employees.  Several of Utah’s cities and private employers have already adopted anti-discrimination ordinances and policies protecting sexual orientation and gender identity, suggesting that doing so makes good business sense.

30-45% experiencing harassment?  100% depressing.

-Bridget Crawford

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3 Responses to Williams Institute Report on Employment Discrimination in Utah

  1. Kaimipono D. Wenger says:

    This is depressing.

    Hopefully, the recent increase in antidiscrimination statutes in Utah will have some positive effect (http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home/50924610-76/utah-discrimination-lake-ordinances.html.csp).

  2. Kaimipono D. Wenger says:

    And it’s more evidence of the necessity of the anti-discrimination bill being sponsored by my law school classmate Ben McAdams (a married Mormon): http://www.abc4.com/content/news/top_stories/story/EXCLUSIVE-New-bill-would-ban-discrimination/gAKef8ltVEOShWLzgeoPVA.cspx

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