Gay pride parade.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
Four out of every five members of the LGBT community believe there is discrimination against their community in the hiring process, according to data the Economy Ministry released Wednesday ahead of a conference on equal employment opportunities.
Another 69% feel their sexual orientation or gender identity stands in the way of their career advancement or promotion.
According to the survey–the first of its kind in Israel–transgender people bear the brunt of discrimination in the community, reporting higher incidents of discrimination than the rest of the community in every level. While a hefty 39% of gay, lesbian, and bisexual people reported experiencing discrimination at work, among transgender individuals the figure stood at 68%.
Among the transgender community, 39% said that their employers forced them to dress according to their birth sex.
The survey raises “worrying finding regarding discrimination faced by members of the community, especially transgender people, in the labor market in Israel,” said Hannah Cooper, director of research at the Council for Equality, which conducted the survey. “The data show that they are confronted with discrimination event at the early stages of job hunting and hiring.”
Furthermore, she said, the LGBT community faces bullying and harassment in the workplace. Among gay, lesbian, and bisexual people, 41% reported having to deal with “humor” at their expense at work.
The online survey, which will be released in full at the conference on March 31, had 400 respondents so far and is continuing to gather results.