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April 30, 2001

Sexual Orientation in the Workplace

Polls consistently show that an overwhelming majority of Americans support equal job rights for gay men, lesbians and bisexuals. Fairness is one of our most cherished principles.

Yet only eleven states bar employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, and less than 150 local governments do so. Fewer still protect transgendered workers. In contrast, the private, university and non-profit sectors have taken the lead. Today, over half of the companies in the Fortune 500 (and all but seven of the Fortune 100) include the term “sexual orientation” in their nondiscrimination policies, and about 20% provide domestic partnership benefits to their gay, lesbian and bisexual employees.

States That Prohibit Discrimination Based on Sexual
Orientation in Private Sector Employment

California

Minnesota

Rhode Island

Connecticut

Nevada

Vermont

Hawaii

New Hampshire

Wisconsin

Massachusetts

New Jersey

and the District of Columbia.

*Minnesota also prohibits job discrimination based on gender identity.


Source: Human Rights Campaign.

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