Labor Days

Lisa Neff and Louis Weissberg

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A majority — 51 percent — of LGBT workers continue to hide their identity from most or all co-workers, according to a report from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation that examines the real-life experiences of LGBT workers.The report, “Degrees of Equality: A National Study Examining Workplace Climate for LGBT Employees,” found that, despite significant advances in employment policies at major U.S. corporations, a majority of LGBT workers continue to experience a range of negative consequences because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. Younger workers are even more likely to hide their LGBT identity — only 5 percent of LGBT employees ages 18 to 24 say they are totally open at work, compared to more than 20 percent in older age cohorts.

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