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

  • 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
  • Oct 1 2017Became Sexual orientation and gender identity in Alberta

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
26
Some protections
26 regions (11%)
Some protections
84
No protections
84 regions (36%)
No protections
33
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
33 regions (14%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
Europe
58%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Protected
30 regions (58%)
Some protections
12 regions (23%)
No protections
6 regions (12%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
4 regions (8%)
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
14%
LEGAL EQUALITY
Protected
8 regions (14%)
Some protections
5 regions (9%)
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
29 regions (63%)
No data, no laws, N/A, or ambiguous
6 regions (13%)

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 26 regions.

  1. Asia (3)
  2. Israel 1992
  3. Philippines
  4. Taiwan 2007
  5. Europe (12)
  6. Albania 2010
  7. Andorra 2005
  8. Austria 2004
  9. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  10. Croatia 2008
  11. Denmark 1996
  12. Ireland 1999
  13. Italy 2003
  14. Poland 2011
  15. Serbia 2009
  16. Slovenia 1998
  17. Spain 1995
  18. North America (2)
  19. Bahamas
  20. Panama 2017
  21. Africa (5)
  22. Botswana 2010
  23. Cape Verde 2008
  24. Mauritius 2008
  25. Mozambique 2007
  26. Seychelles 2006
  27. Oceania (1)
  28. Tonga
  29. South America (3)
  30. Colombia 2011
  31. Ecuador 2015
  32. 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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