In general, workers in Hawaii want to be able to pursue a chosen career without worrying about repercussions because of their sexual orientation. Workplace discrimination against the LGBTQ community is still widespread, though. Approximately half of all LGBTQ workers report having experienced discrimination at least once throughout their career.
Lost jobs and opportunities
According to a report called LGBT People’s Experiences of Workplace Discrimination and Harassment, 9% of LGBTQ workers report having specifically been fired from a job or denied a job opportunity because of their sexual orientation. Another 46% reported have experienced at least some type of discriminatory behavior at work, including being:
- Passed over for promotions
- Denied wages
- Given unfavorable hours
Both sexual and physical harassment are serious problems for LGBTQ workers. As many as 25% have experienced on the job sexual harassment, including behaviors like unwanted touching and offers of sexual favors. Around 20% of men and women in the community have also suffered physical harassment like being hit and punched while at work.
Discrimination has no place in the workplace. Unfortunately, some workers in Hawaii still face an uphill battle when it comes to getting fair and equal treatment at work. Those who have been treated in a discriminatory manner may want to consider the potential benefits of pursuing a workplace discrimination lawsuit, such as getting compensation for damages while also influencing potential change in the workplace.