LGBT employment discrimination

LGBTQ+ people are protected from employment discrimination in 89 countries.

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  • Sexual orientation and gender identity
  • No protections
  • Sexual orientation only
  • Unknown, N/A, or ambiguous

Recent Changes

  • Oct 21 2021Became Sexual orientation only in Namibia
  • Jun 15 2020Became Sexual orientation and gender identity in United States
  • Jun 15 2020Became Sexual orientation and gender identity in United States
  • Apr 10 2018Became No protections in Chad
  • Mar 26 2018Became No protections in Bhutan
  • Jan 15 2018Became Sexual orientation and gender identity in West Bengal
  • Jan 1 2018Became Sexual orientation and gender identity in New York
  • Jan 1 2018Became Sexual orientation and gender identity in Dadra and Nagar Haveli

LGBT employment discrimination

Prohibition of discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity in employment, including hiring, promotion, termination, harassment, etc.

Summary

89
Protected
89 regions (38%)
Protected
28
Some protections
28 regions (12%)
Some protections
82
No protections
82 regions (35%)
No protections
33
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
33 regions (14%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
Europe
62%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Protected
32 regions (62%)
Some protections
12 regions (23%)
No protections
5 regions (10%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
3 regions (6%)
Oceania
63%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Protected
15 regions (63%)
Some protections
1 regions (4%)
No protections
5 regions (21%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
3 regions (13%)
South America
57%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Protected
8 regions (57%)
Some protections
3 regions (21%)
No protections
2 regions (14%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
1 regions (7%)
North America
56%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Protected
20 regions (56%)
Some protections
2 regions (6%)
No protections
11 regions (31%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
3 regions (8%)
Africa
10%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Protected
6 regions (10%)
Some protections
7 regions (12%)
No protections
31 regions (53%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
15 regions (25%)
Asia
17%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Protected
8 regions (17%)
Some protections
3 regions (7%)
No protections
28 regions (61%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
7 regions (15%)

Progress over time

Number of countries with equality for lgbt employment discrimination over the past 60 years.

Recent changes

LGBT employment discrimination by country

(and dependent territories)

Sexual orientation only

LGBT employment discrimination is sexual orientation only in 28 regions.

  1. Asia (3)
  2. Israel 1992
  3. Philippines
  4. Taiwan 2007
  5. North America (2)
  6. Bahamas
  7. Panama 2017
  8. Africa (7)
  9. Botswana 2010
  10. Cape Verde 2008
  11. Mauritius 2008
  12. Mozambique 2007
  13. Namibia 2021
  14. Seychelles 2006
  15. Zambia
  16. Oceania (1)
  17. Tonga
  18. South America (3)
  19. Colombia 2011
  20. Ecuador 2015
  21. Venezuela 2012

No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous

Data on lgbt employment discrimination is unclear, not applicable, or missing in 33 regions.

  1. South America (1)
  2. Argentina
  3. Antarctica (1)
  4. Antarctica

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