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Employment Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Utah


Approximately 37,000 LGBT workers in Utah are vulnerable to employment discrimination absent state or federal legal protections.  At least 17 localities in Utah prohibit private employment discrimination against LGBT people, yet 53 percent of the workforce remains unprotected by local ordinances.  A statewide non-discrimination law would result in 17 additional complaints being filed with the Utah Anti-discrimination and Labor Division each year.  The cost of enforcing the additional complaints would be negligible.  At most, it would cost the state approximately $14,500 annually; only 0.9 percent of the Utah Antidiscrimination and Labor Division’s annual budget.

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