Job discrimination prevalent among LGBT community

The findings of a survey from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights indicated that transgender people face a high level of job discrimination in Tennessee and elsewhere. A representative from the commission said that nearly every transgender worker responding to the survey reported unfair treatment and harassment in the workplace.

Discrimination impacted 90 percent of transgender employees. Over 70 percent of respondents took actions like hiding their gender identity, quitting a job or postponing transition because of concerns about discrimination. Roughly 25 percent of the respondents experienced treatment that included refusal to choose a restroom that matched their gender identity and requirements to dress differently. Others had a supervisor or co-worker disclose personal information without permission about their transgender choices.

Similarly, gay, lesbian and bisexual people were the targets of discrimination. Approximately half of LGBT people earned lower wages, got passed over for promotions or lost their jobs because of prejudice in the workplace. Acting upon the strong results of the survey, the civil rights commission sent a letter to the President of the United States calling for federal agencies to develop protections for LGBT employees.

When an individual experiences workplace discrimination, an attorney could provide the person with insights about legal options. The lawyer could examine the state and federal employment and civil rights laws to identify a strategy for recovering damages. To create a lawsuit, an attorney may gather evidence from payroll records, correspondence with a supervisor, employee evaluations and the employer's response to a complaint. The goals of the legal action could vary depending on the client's desires. For example, a client might want to be reinstated to a position with back pay or only want to pursue punitive damages and lost pay for mistreatment.

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