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EMPLOYMENT

Employment Discrimination Forty-seven percent (47%) of survey respondents said they had experienced an adverse job action—they did not get a job, were denied a promotion or were fired—because they are transgender or gender nonconforming.

“I went from making 40K, to nothing; I can barely get a part time job at a fast food restaurant.”

Male-to-female transgender respondents reported job loss due to bias at a frequency of 36% while female-to-male transgender respondents reported 19%. Twenty-nine percent (29%) of transgender respondents experienced job loss due to bias while gender non-conforming participants reported 15%. Loss of Job by Gender 50 45 40

36%

35

Adverse Job Actions

29%

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47%

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25 19%

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15%

15

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MTF

FTM

All Trans

GNC

15 10 5 0

I did not get a job I applied for

I lost my job

I was denied a promotion

Did not get a job, denied a promotion, or red

JOB LOSS DUE TO DISCRIMINATION

An alarming number of the people surveyed, 26%, reported losing their jobs directly due to their gender identity/ expression. Particularly hard hit were those who were Black (32%), multiracial (36%), and American Indian (36%). Loss of Job by Race

Respondents who reported having lost a job due to bias reported being currently unemployed (26%), many times the general population rate at the time of the survey (7%), which suggests that they have been unable to find new employment after a discriminatory termination. Twenty-eight percent (28%) of those who have lost a job due to bias have also reported work in the underground economy. Those who were living in the South were more likely to have lost a job due to bias (30%) than those living in other regions of the country. Undocumented non-citizens (39%) reported lost jobs due to bias more often than U.S. citizens (26%). Those with no high school diploma (37%) and those with only a high school diploma (33%) also experienced particularly high rates of job loss due to bias.

50 45 40

36%

36%

35 30

32%

30%

26%

24%

25 20 14%

15 10 5 0

Overall Sample

American Indian

Asian

Black

Latino/a

White

Multiracial

“I was highly regarded at my new workplace until one of my old co-workers came in for an interview there and saw me. During his interview he told them all about me. He didn’t get the job, but I soon lost mine.”

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