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Documenting Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in State Employment bannerUCLA

Arizona – Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Documentation of Discrimination


There is no state-wide statute in Arizona that protects its LGBT citizens from employment discrimination in either the public or private sectors. Five municipalities have extended such protection through local ordinances. Those ordinances are inconsistent, however, with regard to inclusion of gender identity protection. In recent years there has been considerable debate in Arizona about the extension of partner benefits to public sector employees, but there is currently no such protection for state government employees. Indicia of hostility and animus toward gay people have surfaced during legislative consideration of these proposals.

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