LGBT is a short form to the initialism which stands for lesbian, bisexual, gay and a transgender. It was a term used to replace the word gay with reference to the LGBT community. Most of the activist believes, using the term gay community was not appropriate for the whole community it referred. This term has been widely accepted by this community and media of the United states. This category is a very wide group of classification. Many English speaking countries have accepted the usage of this term.
Challenges faced by LGBT in the workplace:
The transgender and Gay individuals face a lot of discrimination in their workplace. They have to waste half of their energy only in hiding the fact that they fall under that community. Through studies, it has been figured out that almost 15-43% have had the experience of harassment and discrimination at work place. Such workplace abuses pose the real threat and it hampers the economic security of transgender and gay workers. Social workers should work on passing the law of Employment Non-Discrimination Act so that all the workers should be judged based on their skills and ability to work not on their gender. There are many countries where this is practiced on a large scale. Such things give a very bad impact on their work also.
A renowned university in US has done a survey on this regards and have found the below given facts about LGBT.
Some of the points that were noted during the survey:
- 15-43% of the transgender had faced some kind discrimination while on the job
- 8-17% of them have been fired out of their job when the higher authority came to know about their gender
- 10-28% got negative performance based evaluation and their promotion was also delayed or skipped
- 7-41% were verbally abused and looked down upon
Some of the straight co-workers have also noticed these kind of discrimination among the workers. It goes from 12%-30% in the workplace. Various experiments have also proved consistent evidences
of the discrimination at workplace. As compared to gays and lesbians, the transgender individual faces discrimination at higher levels in the workplace.
Some universal problems at work place:
- 90% of LGBT had faced harassment
- 47% had faced the adverse outcome of the job just because they are Transgenders
Behind all these statistics, there are many heartbreaking stories. They are really ill-treated in most parts of the world. They individually suffer a lot in terms of socioeconomic inequalities due to the indiscrimination at the work place. This also causes the instability of the person’s life and it greatly results in the unemployment of the county they live in. There come a lot of the wage gap between the straight and the gay workers. Thus, this has made many of them homeless and they had to beg or steal for earning their livelihood. They pass their miserably only because of the inequality done to them. If you talk about their capabilities they are no less than the straight workers who live a peaceful life.