3978620925Israel: Four out of every five members of the LGBT community in Israel believe there is discrimination against their community in the hiring process, according to data by the Economy Ministry.

Another 69% felt their sexual orientation or gender identity stood in the way of their career advancement or promotion, said the data released March 26, ahead of a conference on equal employment opportunities, reports jpost.com.

This is startling information because Israel has some of the most pro LGBT laws and bans employment discrimination as well as other forms of the discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. It shows that as elsewhere in Asia social discrimination against the LGBT community does persist.

According to the survey, the first of its kind in Israel, transgendered people bear the brunt of discrimination in the community, reporting higher incidents of discrimination than the rest of the community in every level. While a hefty 39% of gay, lesbian and bisexual people reported experiencing discrimination at work, among transgendered individuals the figure stood at 68%.

Among the transgendered community, 39% said that their employers forced them to dress according to their birth sex.

The survey raises “worrying finding regarding discrimination faced by members of the community, especially transgendered people, in the labor market in Israel,” said Hannah Cooper, director of research at the Council for Equality, which conducted the survey. “The data shows that they are confronted with discrimination event at the early stages of job hunting and hiring.”

Furthermore, she said, the LGBT community faces bullying and harassment in the workplace.

Among Gay, lesbian and bisexual people, 41% reported having to deal with “humor” at their expense at work.

The online survey, which will be released in full at the conference on March 31, had 400 respondents, and is continuing to gather results.

Source: jpost.com