9 signs you’re a victim of LGBTQIA+ discrimination

On Behalf of | Mar 26, 2023 | Sexual Orientation/Transgender Rights |

All workers deserve a safe workspace. This includes being able to avoid discrimination and harassment. 

Unfortunately, people in the LGBTQIA+ community are often harassed and discriminated against at work. Those individuals shouldn’t have to deal with these unwanted behaviors. 

Types of discrimination

LGBTQIA+ discrimination at work can take many forms. Here are some signs of LGBTQIA+ discrimination in the workplace:

  1. Stereotyping: Assigning roles, tasks or expectations based on assumptions about someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity
  2. Disparate treatment: Treating LGBTQIA+ employees differently than their colleagues, such as by excluding them from social events, denying them promotions or assigning them less desirable tasks
  3. Harassment: Persistent, unwanted attention, bullying or other behavior that makes LGBTQIA+ employees feel uncomfortable or unsafe
  4. Unequal pay or benefits: Paying LGBTQIA+ employees less than their non-LGBTQIA+ counterparts or denying them equal access to benefits such as healthcare, family leave or retirement plans
  5. Discrimination in hiring or promotions: Refusing to hire or promote qualified candidates based on their sexual orientation or gender identity
  6. Ignoring or dismissing complaints: Failing to address or investigate complaints related to LGBTQIA+ discrimination or retaliating against those who report such issues
  7. Deadnaming or misgendering: Deliberately using an employee’s former name or incorrect pronouns
  8. Inaccessible facilities: Failing to provide gender-neutral restrooms or facilities that accommodate employees with different gender identities and expressions
  9. Rigid dress codes: Enforcing dress codes that are discriminatory or do not allow for gender expression can be a sign of discrimination, especially if they’re not necessary for the job

If you or someone you know experiences any of these signs of LGBTQIA+ discrimination at work, taking action is important. Filing a legal claim may be in order, so discuss the matter with someone familiar with these matters.

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