A new study published by The Williams Institute at the University of California found over a quarter (29.8%) of LGBTQ+ people working in the US have been fired from their job or denied a work opportunity because of their identity. The study, which interviewed 935 LGBTQ+ adults, analysed the experiences of queer people in the workplace, finding that out of the 29.8% who had faced discrimination, 9% of these incidents occurred during the past year.
Trans respondents were most likely to have experienced workplace discrimination, with 48.8% saying they had been fired or not hired due to their gender identity. An additional 22% of trans respondents reported experiencing sexual harassment at work, compared to 12% of cisgender participants. Due to fear of discrimination, half of transgender respondents said they are not out to their supervisors, while 25.8% said they are not out to any of their co-workers.