LGBT Issues in the Workplace
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,”(Declaration of Independence). This is one of the most well known phrases in our declaration of independence. Many would say that this mindset is what continues to make this nation and its citizens one of the greatest ones on earth but others would argue that we do not hold this phrase to its standards. Not all of the citizens of this great nation are capable of enjoying these unalienable rights in its entirety. It is truly sad and unfortunate that only the privileged few are able to fully enjoy these rights that were ordained by our fathers equally and without discrimination to all citizens of this country. Minorities of all kinds across this country are part of the unprivileged and in particular the LGBT community. The LGBT community increasingly faces various issues within their every day lives whether it be social, cultural, or political issues. Overtime these issues have become less prevalent and various advancements have been made across the nation but they are nevertheless still present in our society. Culturally speaking this community increasingly faces various issues predominantly within the workforce such as unfair treatment, discriminatory policies, and overall unequal benefits. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community faces employment discrimination at various levels. According to the Lambda Legal & Deloitte Financial Services a workplace fairness survey was performed in order to exemplify the extent of employment discrimination for lesbians and gays across corporations in America. Shockingly so, the findings were both positive and negative. Out of the 1205 individuals that participated various indicated discriminatory behavior taking place at their workplaces. “Thirty-nine percent of survey respondents reported experiencing some form of discrimination or harassment in the workplace because of their sexual orientation during the past five years,”(Lambda Legal). Reasons that ranged from working in a hostile industry/company, harassment in the workplace, unfair policies and practices, and other forms of LGBT discrimination were listed in this survey. It is rather unfortunate that these practices are still prevalent across various industries and workplaces. The behaviors that these companies exhibit are without a doubt unfair and discriminatory in nature that should be abolished due to the various constraints that it puts on LGBT individuals. At various instances throughout our nations history it appears that our society has always had a certain minority group to discriminate against. Early in the 20th century it was women and their fight for rights, mid century we have African Americans fighting for equality, and coming into to the 21st century we have the LGBT community and their fight four equality. Our society has increasingly put barriers for these minorities in order to deter their progress in our society. Changes have occurred after ongoing battles from respective individuals within these minorities but if we carefully examine their battles, it wasn’t commonly accepted by society until the majority of our society saw the need for it. According to Louis Diamant he states: “There will not be much change in the laws or in the culture with regards to gays and lesbians until the heterosexual majority sees the need for the change,”(Homosexual Issues in the Workplace). After carefully analyzing his work in an depth manner it appears that this author holds partial truth behind his words. When analyzing the actions of our society in the past it appears that that is partly the way that society seems to work. It is not until society recognizes and sees a need for change it is only is then when a minorities’ cause can finally be acknowledged and addressed. These...
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