LGBT workers continue to face inequality, unfairness, harassment, and discrimination in the workplace.
And discrimination is real: 1 in 5 LGBT people report being treated unfairly by an employer in hiring, pay or promotions. The numbers are even higher for transgender people: 3 in 4 have experienced at least one form of harassment or mistreatment at work because of their gender identity.
LGBT Americans experience discrimination in public accommodations, such as restaurants, motels, retail stores, and doctors’ offices.
Since marriage equality became the law of land, individuals and small companies have refused to provide services to same-sex couples. Transgender people have been specifically targeted through so-called “bathroom bills” (which make it illegal for transgender people to use restrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity).
Studies show that LGBT people are denied housing and are evicted at higher rates than non-LGBT people.
A 2014 report from the Equal Rights Center found that nearly half (48%) of older gay couples inquiring about housing in a senior housing facility faced some form of adverse treatment when compared to straight couples.