Lambda Legal releases workplace study
April 07 2006 12:00 AM ET
rights group Lambda Legal on Wednesday released
one of the largest-ever national surveys of workplace issues
for LGBT people. More than 1,200 people responded to
the survey, conducted last fall through an invitation
to Lambda Legal's online membership.
In the study more than half of the
respondents said that "gay-friendly" policies are
"critical" to their decision about where to work, and
almost three quarters said they are "out" at their
workplace. But 39% of those surveyed said they had
experienced antigay discrimination or harassment. And one in
five reported that their sexual orientation is a
barrier to promotion.
In a statement, Lambda director Kevin Cathcart
said, "This is a wake-up call for employers around the
country—without commitments to fairness and
equality for all employees, they risk losing talented
employees and job candidates." Currently, only 18 states
have employment discrimination laws that protect gays
and lesbians. (Sirius OutQ News)
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