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Monday, November 4, 2013

POLL: LGBTs Prefer to Work in States that Recognize Same-sex Marriage

In a recent survey released by a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy group, Out and Equal Workplace Advocates, it was revealed that approximately half of LGBT individuals in the labor force would opt to change their jobs once their employer required them to transfer to a state where same-sex marriages are not recognized.

According to the Harris poll, nearly 60 percent of LGBT employees said they would not consider working in a state that does not welcome same-sex marriage even it would mean a promotion for them.

Also, 79 percent of the LGBT employees prefer to work in states that acknowledge same-sex marriage than in states that do not allow such.

Moreover, the survey also found that 67 percent of Americans, regardless of their feelings of approval or disapproval, believe that marriage equality is now unavoidable everywhere in the U.S., according to a news resource.

In addition, the report also mentioned that nearly a third of the closeted LGBT employees claimed that they are more comfortable to come out in their workplace if the Employment Non-discrimination Act (ENDA) is finally passed by the Congress.

Incidentally, the said bill that would eventually ban workplace discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation is expected to come to a vote in the U.S. Senate this fall.

Going back to the poll, it also found out that eight out of ten adults erroneously think that workplace discrimination against gay employees is already a federal law.

Meanwhile, for many of the LGBT employees in Los Angeles, the recognition of same-sex marriage is a significant historic breakthrough. Thus, many of the employment lawyers serving the county and its neighboring cities believe that it is the right time to renew their efforts to support the ENDA that is absolutely extended to sexual orientation and gender identity.

It can be remembered that just a few days ago, several employment lawyers posted an online infographic presenting the top ten states that are LGBT employee-friendly.  You can check it out for your reference here.

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