Quick Take: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Workplace Issues

Most Countries and States Do Not Provide Legal Protections for LGBT Employees


Seventy-four countries prohibit discrimination in employment because of sexual orientation, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.11
  • There is no federal law protecting employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in the United States.12
    • There is no state-level protection for sexual orientation or gender identity in 29 of the 50 US states.13 This means employees can be fired for being LGBT.

In June 2017, the Canadian government amended the Human Rights Act to outlaw employment discrimination based on gender identity and expression.14

India’s Supreme Court struck down section 377 of India’s penal code, a colonial-era law that penalized consensual same-sex relations, in September 2018.15


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