The Cost of Employment Discrimination against Transgender Residents of Massachusetts

Source: Jody L. Herman, Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy, April 2011

From the press release:
A new research study released today by The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy shows that employment discrimination against transgender residents of Massachusetts likely costs the Commonwealth millions of dollars each year. These costs are the result of reduced income tax revenue, expenditures on public assistance programs, and other costs. The added cost to the Commonwealth for public health insurance coverage alone is $3 million annually due to employment discrimination against transgender workers…. In calculating the cost to the Commonwealth, the study estimates that 6,600 Massachusetts residents have lost a job, 12,900 were not hired for a job, and 5,600 were denied a promotion, all due to due to anti-transgender bias. Furthermore, 15 percent of surveyed transgender Massachusetts residents made $10,000 or less in annual household income, whereas only 3 percent of the Massachusetts general population made this amount.

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