by Thomas RouletSebastien Stenger
Originally published: March 29, 2017
Many companies’ all-white, all-male executive teams make it quite clear how well corporate diversity efforts aimed at women and racial minorities are faring. Harder to discern is how firms are doing on the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. LGBT employees do not necessarily make their sexual orientation known in the workplace, and thus are sometimes considered an “invisible” minority.
In the U.S. and Europe, approximately 20% of LGB employees experience discrimination at work. Transgender employees typically report higher rates of discrimination, perhaps because they are more visibly gender nonconforming. In a 2014 study by an advocacy group, a majority of LGBT employees reported that they had overheard jokes about gay or lesbian people, and one-third said they felt compelled to lie about their personal life in the workplace.