Achieving Equality in the Workplace


Gays and lesbians are forming support groups at work so as to transform the corporate culture. The main goal of LGBT support groups from the office was producing a written nondiscrimination policy that entails the workers sexual orientation, gender identity, expression, and attributes. The service groups for the LGBT community in work have begun cropping up in the late 1980s. Over the last few decades there have been greats strides in most developed nations including North America and Europe. ┬áThere’s a growing awareness of these issues, which you can see in mainstream media – check out the BBC news streaming abroad here. Today, those companies who’re slow to make LGBT friendly workplaces are placing themselves in a competitive disadvantage. It is estimated that there are over seven millions gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender workers in America’s private sector. However it is still true that many LGBT workers leave their jobs as a result of unfair treatment and discrimination.

The legal regulation of LGBT employment discrimination varies with authority and obviously which local authority has control. A huge majority of states and localities prohibit bias at hiring, promotion, job assignment, termination. While there are federal and national laws which cover compensation, and prohibit the harassment of LGBT inhabitants in the actual workplace. The latest human rights reports demonstrate that the corporate America is standing by their LGBT workers in record numbers. In a recent report – 2014 was recorded as the 1st year in history wherein over half of the Fortune 500 ranked companies include sexual orientation and gender identity training and security. In many ways, it’s merely good business sense to strive for a LGBT friendly work environment: just a worker who feels familiar with who he’s could give his best in the office, sense valued, and remain loyal to the company.

More than 3 hundred major companies, spanning just about every business and major geography, have earned a right to be called a LGBT friendly workplace. ┬áSome of the European legislation is by far the most advanced and protection is certainly high in workplaces in Germany for example. They haven’t only explicitly guaranteed their LGBT workers fair treatment and compensation, but also many have even updated their benefit packages accordingly. There are companies and individuals who are actively fighting for legislation which will bring national full legal protection from any work place discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

All this is of course, very encouraging, but there’s still much room to improve and further promote equality at work. Many support groups at work might help create the culture of approval that’s required for this to occur. There’s still evidence of discrimination in all employment sectors but agencies are now working to provide assistance to the workers that identify as gays or lesbian who experience harassment on the job. In latest times, for instance, they’re seeking insurance agencies that take same sex partners as beneficiaries.