More than 75% of complaints of LGBT+ workplace discrimination are dismissed

An study found that more than three-quarters of the complaints of anti-LGBT+ workplace discrimination filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which the EEOC began counting in 2013, were dismissed for lack of cause.

Around 16% of complaints resulted in “merit resolutions,” a category that included negotiated settlements, withdrawals with benefits, successful conciliations, and unsuccessful conciliations. Average settlements for victims who filed successful complaints in 2017 amounted to $15,600, significantly less than the $17,300 in 2013.

People can still be legally fired for being LGBT+ in 28 states, and Out and Equal estimates that one in four LGBT+ employees have been the victims of workplace discrimination.

While much progress has yet to be made in discrimination protections for LGBT+ workers, the study authors emphasize that the sheer number of charges filed are encouraging, because they imply that LGBT+ workers are not “suffering in silence.”

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