Winning equal treatment for gay and lesbian workers

In Munich, Germany, lesbian women are 12% less likely to be called for a job interview than their heterosexual counterparts. The ver.di union is supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and/or intersex (LGBTI) members through a specialised online forum and gay working group, aiming to create a gay-friendly environment.

According to the European Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA), LGBTI workers experience discrimination in every EU country. Ver.di campaigns to empower workers and to influence legal and political decisions affecting LGBTI people in the labour market. The union’s aim is to promote basic human rights, solidarity, justice and equality.

The working group has researched discrimination against HIV-positive employees and lobbied on behalf of LGBTI workers in Catholic institutions, who have reported discrimination by their employers.

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