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September 27, 2009

Williams Institute reports finds widespread discrimination in state employment

A new report from the Williams Institute at UCLA finds that

there is a widespread and persistent pattern of unconstitutional discrimination by state governments on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, and there is no meaningful difference in the pattern and scope of employment discrimination against LGBT people by state governments compared to the private sector and other public sector employers.  There is also evidence that the list of documented examples that we have compiled far under-represents the actual prevalence of employment discrimination against LGBT people by state and local governments. This finding will support Congress in exercising its authority under Section 5 of the 14th amendment to provide a private right of action for damages under ENDA to state government employees who have suffered discrimination. 

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