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Thursday, August 21, 2008

New Data on Gender Identity Employment Discrimination

The Palm Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara has released the findings of a survey, conducted by Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA), which addresses problems experienced by transgender veterans in the military. The survey contains many findings, but those of most particular interest to this blog are those on employment discrimination experienced by these veterans.

The survey shows that:

“ . . . nearly one third of the survey participants reported having experienced some form of discrimination in the workplace, with approximately the same amount (31%) reporting that they believed they had not been hired for a job specifically because they were transgender. A full 15% reported that they had been fired from a job for being transgender (with 40% of those people having been fired more than once). Nearly 10% reported experiencing open, blatant discrimination from an employer or prospective employer; they were explicitly told that they were being fired (or not hired) because they were transgender.”

See New Data on Gender Identity in Military Finds Discrimination | Michael D. Palm Center

These stats are interesting in light of previous statistics discussed here showing a 35% unemployment rate among transgender people in a sample. These statistics show a comparable amount of discrimination.

(hat tip to Monica Helms of Trans Universe)

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