45% of employees report hearing anti-LGBTQ remarks at work

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Employees say discrimination and harassment of LGBTQ employees happens regularly

Significant proportions of Americans believe that LGBTQ people are treated worse than non-LGBTQ people at work and school. The new study reveals discrimination and harassment of LGBTQ community occurs with law enforcement and healthcare provider interaction too. The new study from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law.

Brad Sears
“Many employees report hearing anti-LGBT remarks at work,” said Brad Sears, Founding Executive Director at the Williams Institute

Using data from a survey by Ipsos in collaboration with Thomson Reuters and the Williams Institute, researchers find an estimated 6% of employees are LGBT. More than 45% of all employees (both LGBT and non-LGBT) report hearing anti-LGBT remarks in the workplace and almost one in four (24%) employees report that LGBTQ people are treated unfairly in the workplace.

The survey examined perceptions of LGBTQ discrimination in various settings. The study looked at employees who work in the private sector and those who work at all levels of government. It assessed the attitudes of all Americans toward non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people.

Approximately one-third of all Americans (35%) think that LGBTQ people are treated worse than non-LGBTQ people in schools and one-quarter believe LGBTQ people are treated worse by law enforcement.

“Many employees report hearing anti-LGBT remarks at work and say that their LGBTQ co-workers face unfair treatment,” said lead author Brad Sears, Founding Executive Director at the Williams Institute. “Perceptions of discrimination against LGBTQ people are consistent across private and public sector workforces.”

The reports key findings

  • Almost one in four (24%) employees in all sectors report that LGBTQ people are treated unfairly in the workplace nationally.
  • LGBT employees (53%) are twice as likely to feel that LGBTQ people are treated worse at work than non-LGBT employees (23%).
  • One-fourth of all Americans (25%) say that LGBTQ people are treated worse by law enforcement than non-LGBTQ people in the U.S.
  • Almost 46% of LGBT people thought LGBTQ people are treated worse by law enforcement across the nation compared to one in four (24%) non-LGBT people.
  • 17% of all Americans say that LGBTQ people are treated worse by health care providers.
  • Almost one in three (33%) LGBT people feel similarly compared to 16% of non-LGBT people.

Other study results are:

  • Nearly nine in 10 adult students (87%) report hearing anti-LGBT remarks in school.
  • Approximately one-third of all Americans (35%) think that LGBTQ people are treated worse in schools across the U.S.
  • Almost six in 10 (57%) LGBT people believe that LGBTQ people are treated worse in schools nationally, while only 33% of non-LGBT people believe so.

Read the full report here