Resources on employment
In this section, we are gathering resources on the topic.
In the first half of 2010 the Network of Socio-Economic Experts in the Non-Discrimination Field (SEN) collected information on the situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the labour market. The focus of the 27 reports produced by the network experts was discrimination in access to employment and employability.
Produced for the European Commission by Barbara van Balen, Ursula Barry, Ronald Holzhacker, Elisabeth Villagomez, Katrin Wladasch.
Read and download the joint ILGA-Europe and Transgender Europe monitoring report regarding access to goods and services (Directive 2004/113/EC) and employment and occupation (Directive 2006/54/EC) here.
The introduction in 2000 of the EU Directive prohibiting discrimination in the workplace on the basis of sexual orientation represented an unexpected and much welcomed advance in the progress toward real equality for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people. The legislation offered the possibility of a transformation in the working life of lesbians, gays and bisexuals. No longer did they need to hide their sexual orientation for fear of harassment or discrimination. Such freedom would enable them to participate fully and openly and thus enjoy better social and professional relationships with their colleagues. Because of the new environment, they would better realise their career potential and bring home concrete benefits for their partners. Such was the promise.
The first version of this document, published in 2005, explored the extent to which that promise had been realised. The current edition, significantly revised and updated, looks at the state of transposition of the EU Directive, discusses its limitations and weaknesses in ensuring equality of LGB people in the employment, as well as the experience of LGB people of the legislation.
By Kristen Schilt and Matthew Wiswall, The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy: Vol. 8: Iss. 1 (Contributions), Article 39, 2008