On March 12, 2015, Governor Herbert signed SB 296 into law. This legislation adds the words "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to Utah's anti-discrimination laws in order to establish workplace and housing protections for LGBTQ Utahns.
The Williams Institute estimates that there are 55,000 LGBTQ adults in Utah, 37,000 of which are in the workforce. The new law covers over 1 million jobs, 600,000 houses and over 200,000 apartments. The passage of SB296 is an achievement we can all be proud of.
Discrimination in Utah is real.
A recent survey conducted by the Williams Institute shows that employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is a pervasive and persistent problem in Utah, as with many other states. Forty-three percent of the survey’s gay, lesbian and bisexual respondents and 67% of the transgender respondents reported that they have experienced discrimination in employment.
If you believe you have been discriminated against, please tell us your story. If you need legal counsel or services, contact the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah. If you have experienced housing discrimination, please contact the State Office of Fair Housing. If you have experienced discrimination in the workplace, please contact the Utah Labor Commission and the EEOC.