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Half of LGBTQ+ People Have Faced Discrimination at Work

Half of LGBTQ+ People Have Faced Discrimination at Work. Almost half of LGBTQ+ people in the U.S. have experienced workplace discrimination at some point in their lives, according to a new report. The study published by The Williams Institute on Tuesday additionally found that nearly 9% of LGBTQ+ workers said they had been fired or denied employment in the past year due to their LGBTQ+ identity. The number was even higher for LGBTQ+ people of color, over 11% of whom reported having faced unfair employment or hiring practices. The University of California, Los Angeles think tank also found that transgender people face shocking rates of bias on the job. Almost half of trans workers — 48.8% — said they had been fired or not hired due to their gender identity. Additionally, over 22% of trans respondents said they had been sexually harassed within the past five years, compared to the approximately 12% of queer, cisgender people who said the same.

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