While more and more private companies are adopting LGBT-friendly workplace policies, a majority of gay public sector workers, including firefighters, teachers and nurses still lack legal protections, according to a report by the Center for American Progress.
“Rather than being evaluated on their skills, qualifications, and ability to contribute on the job, gay and transgender workers are all too often not hired, not promoted, or, in the worst cases, fired from their jobs based solely on their sexual orientation and gender identity,” wrote Crosby Burns, one of the researchers that worked on the study.
Out of nearly 1 million LGBT community members working in state, local, or municipal government, less than half work in a state with a law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation, according to the report.
Also, only 47 percent of state employees with same-sex partners have access to equal workplace benefits.
“All gay and transgender public-sector workers deserve to be treated fairly in the workplace, not just those who are fortunate enough to live in states or cities with gay- and transgender-inclusive policies,” Burns wrote.
More numbers on LGBT public sector workers:
- 57 percent of state employees work in a state where no legal protections are afforded to gay individuals.
- 69 percent live in state where no legal protections are afforded to transgender individuals.
- Only a minority of state employees (just over four in ten, or 42.6 percent) work in a state with a law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation.
- Only three in ten (31.8 percent) work in a state with a law also prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity.
Read the full report below: