Many people employed in Pennsylvania face some type of workplace discrimination over the course of their careers. Yet, statistics show that your chances of experiencing this type of treatment increase if you identify as a member of the LGBTQ community.
According to NBC News, almost half, or 46%, of the LGBTQ working community has experienced some form of workplace discrimination due to their sexual orientation or gender identity since they began working professionally.
How often discrimination affects LGBTQ workers
A study of the working conditions and work environments of 935 LGBTQ workers revealed how often they experience discrimination on the job. It also spotlighted what types of discrimination they often face. More than a quarter of LGBTQ workers surveyed reported having experienced sexual harassment during their careers, while more than 20% said they had experienced physical harassment in the workplace. Another 9% reported losing their jobs or missing out on jobs within the past year due to their gender identities or sexual orientations.
How often discrimination affects LGBTQ workers of color
Study results also showed that workplace discrimination disproportionately impacts LGBTQ workers of color. For example, while 26% of white LGBTQ workers reported facing verbal harassment at work, 36% of LGBTQ workers of color reported experiencing the same. Similarly, while 18% of white LGBTQ workers said they missed out on a job because of who they were or how they identified, 29% of LGBTQ workers said the same.
Many LGBTQ workers who face workplace discrimination believe religious beliefs often fuel the discrimination. In fact, 57% of LGBTQ workers believed that this was the case.