According to a recent report, a shocking number of homosexual and transgender workers have reported a form of mistreatment or harassment on the job. Statistics indicate that half of transgender individuals are abused or assaulted at some point in their lives, and up to 66 percent of survivors may experience sexual assault. The rate may be even higher among transgender subpopulations, such as African Americans. In fact, 11 percent of all hate crimes are directed at transgender people.
These statistics do not bode well for transgender people in the workforce. Right now, reports indicate that 90 percent of transgender workers report some form of harassment or mistreatment on the job. For these victims, the numbers represent a threat to their economic security.
Although homosexuals experience a high rate of discrimination and harassment, it is even worse for the transgender population. The National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force recently released the results of a study that revealed the enormity of the challenge transgender people face in the workplace. Some of the findings include:
Forty-four percent were passed over for a job
Twenty-three percent were denied a promotion
Twenty-six percent were fired because they were transgender
Transgender people are twice as likely as heterosexuals to be unemployed, and four times as likely to live in poverty. That may be because of the pervasive discrimination they face in the workplace.
If you have been discriminated against because of your sexual orientation, the Philadelphia sexual harassment lawyers at Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C. can help. Please call 215-569-1999, or contact us online for a free, confidential consultation. We can offer you compassionate guidance toward righting the wrongs and obtaining financial compensation for your suffering. We are centrally located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.