EMPLOYMENT

Discrimination should never be part of the job.

P rohibitions against employment discrimination protect individuals from unfair treatment on the job and help to ensure healthy and productive workplaces. By requiring employers to shield workers and job applicants from arbitrary and hostile treatment due to race, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other characteristics protected under federal, state, and local laws, fair employment protections help create equal employment opportunity.

CIVIL RIGHTS TESTING

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Cover page for Behind Closed Doors report

The ERC released a report based on a civil rights testing investigation into bias against LGBT job applicants in Virginia. Using matched pair testing, the ERC compared the experiences of straight job applicants with gay/queer job applicants during the hiring process. Results pointed to the existence of discrimination against gay/queer job applicants. The ERC conducted a total of 10 matched-pair tests at companies in Virginia and some form of discrimination was suspected in three out of 10 comprehensive tests.

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In 2014, the ERC collaborated with Freedom to Work to launch a testing-based investigation to assess the extent of employment discrimination against LGBT job applicants in federal contractor hiring. Eight major federal contractors throughout the country were tested, and the investigation found that LGBT applicants were 23% less likely to receive a call-back than their non-LGBT counterpart, even when the LGBT applicant was better qualified than the non-LGBT applicant.

ERC EMPLOYMENT BLOGS

States should take action as SCOTUS prepares to hear LGBT discrimination cases

States and localities should prioritize protecting sexual orientation and gender identity as concerns rise over likelihood that Supreme Court will uphold protections for LGBT individuals.

What hiring discrimination looks like in a state with no statewide LGBT anti-discrimination protections

The reality for LGBT individuals in much of the country is not only the pervasiveness of employment discrimination, but also the fact that there is very little that individuals can do in response to such discrimination. In Virginia, an ERC civil rights testing investigation revealed possible discrimination against LGBT job applicants.

CIVIL RIGHTS TESTING REPORT REVEALS POSSIBLE HIRING DISCRIMINATION AGAINST LGBT VIRGINIANS

Using matched pair testing, the ERC compared the experiences of straight job applicants with gay/queer job applicants during the hiring process. The report reveals test results that point to the existence of discrimination against gay and lesbian job applicants, illustrating the need for statewide anti-discrimination protections in Virginia.

Double Penalty

By Melvina C. Ford, Executive Director Ninety years after the first celebration of Black History Month in 1926, the historic, unfair and unlawful relationship between race and criminality remains one of our nation’s largest challenges. According to the NAACP, African Americans are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of whites.  I know some would seek […]

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