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Michigan Study Finds Workplace Discrimination Compromises the Health of Sexual Minorities

On November 7, Congress voted for the first time to include gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans in the nondiscrimination law. As the Employee Non-Discrimination Act moves to the House for a vote, the University of Michigan School of Public Health has released more data to demonstrate the harms of workplace discrimination. Dr. José Bauermeister, John G. Searle Assistant Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education, shared results on whether men who have sex with men face discrimination at work, and if the discrimination has an association with health status and health-related quality of life. Dr. Bauermeister and his research team found that discrimination in the workplace due to sexuality was prevalent, and indicative of having poorer health outcomes. This study was presented at the 2013 American Public Health Association meeting in Boston and will appear online in the publication Sexual Research and Social Policy.