By Amira Hasenbush and Christy Mallory
Pennsylvania’s 174,000 LGBT workers are vulnerable to employment discrimination absent state or federal legal protections. While 33 Pennsylvania localities provide some protections, 69 percent of the state’s workforce could suffer discrimination without recourse based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. Pennsylvania teachers, factory workers and law enforcement officers have all faced workplace discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Uniform legal protections could provide more consistent and stronger recourse for the state’s workers at minimal administrative cost to the government.
Employment, Housing, and Public Accommodations Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Missouri
By Christy Mallory and Sarah Liebowitz
The 160,000 LGBT adults in Missouri would benefit from an expanded state non-discrimination law that includes sexual orientation and gender identity. There is currently no Missouri law protecting LGBT people from discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations. Eighteen Missouri localities currently provide protection from sexual orientation discrimination by local ordinance, sixteen of which also provide protection against gender identity discrimination, but the ordinances are inconsistent, and less effective than a state-wide law would be.
Discrimination against Law Enforcement Officers on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: 2000 to 2013
By Brad Sears, Amira Hasenbush, Christy Mallory
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) law enforcement and corrections employees face pervasive discrimination. Analysis of recent cases reveals that discrimination often went beyond firing or demotion and included severe verbal, physical and sexual harassment. In some instances, LGBT officers even failed to receive support from fellow officers when making arrests. If passed, ENDA would provide legal recourse to officers who are treated differently based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.