Evidence of Employment Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation in State and Local Government: Complaints Filed with State Enforcement Agencies 2003-2007

Source: Brad Sears and Christy Mallory, Williams Institute, July 2011

This study analyzes discrimination complaints filed with administrative agencies in those states that prohibit sexual orientation discrimination, adjusting the filings by the number of LGB employees in each state that work in each sector. Overall, the study finds that sexual orientation complaint filings are slightly lower, but similar, for employees in the public sector when compared to the private sector. The filing rate for state and local employees is 3 for every 10,000 LGB employees compared to 4 for every 10,000 LGB employees in the private sector. Currently, there are not enough data to do a similar analysis of gender identity discrimination complaints and federal employees are not covered by these state anti-discrimination statutes.
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