Employment Discrimination Among People Who Are Transgender or Gender Non-Conforming: A Mixed Methods Secondary Data Analysis

Gina Rosich, Fordham University

Abstract

A mixed-methods secondary data analysis was conducted using the 2008 California Transgender Economic Health Survey (N = 646). Research questions were: What barriers to employment do members of the trans and GNC community perceive they face? How do gender identity, presentation, conformity and passing/blending impact discrimination in the workplace? Who is most likely to experience workplace discrimination and unemployment? What are the potential consequences of being out at work? Who is mostly likely to experience particular types of workplace discrimination? Respondents reported overt discrimination, lack of legal protections and employee training, employer fears and exclusion as intersubjective experiences, beliefs and anticipatory fears. Most respondents (67%) experienced some form of discrimination. FtMs experienced privacy breach and misgendering while MtFs experienced a wider variety of discrimination types. Protective factors included passing/blending, higher income, increased age, and being White. Injurious factors included being out to co-workers and needing help with changing IDs.

Subject Area

Social work|LGBTQ studies|Labor relations

Recommended Citation

Rosich, Gina, "Employment Discrimination Among People Who Are Transgender or Gender Non-Conforming: A Mixed Methods Secondary Data Analysis" (2016). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI10258740.
https://fordham.bepress.com/dissertations/AAI10258740

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