EEO issues for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people
    The Human Rights Act makes it illegal to discriminate against a person on the grounds of sexual orientation at work.


    Between April 2006 and March 2007, the Human Rights Commission recieved a total of 66 complaints and enquiries on the grounds of sexual orientation. Thirty-eight percent of those related to employment (25 complaints or enquiries) or pre-employment (2 complaints or enquiries). Discrimination in employment is by far the largest area of concern for GLBT people who approach the Human Rights Commission for help.

    The overwhelming message from GLBT groups is that people will fall short of their creative and productive capacities in workplaces that fail to accept their sexual orientation.

    Resources for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people

    NEON's September 2006 issue focuses on EEO issues for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people including unlawful discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation which is covered under section 21(1)(m) of the Human Rights Act (HRA).


    27 September 2006

    Data needed on GLBT at work A lack of statistical data about GLBT people makes it difficult to assess how they are faring in the workplace.

    Gays at work. An interview with Johnny Givins, head of the Gay Auckland Business Association.

    Police diversity training reaches out to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.

    Twenty years of homosexual law reform: Have attitudes changed enough?

    Out in the workplace. A word from Human Rights Commissioner Joy Liddicoat

    Could do better: An interview with gender and women's studies researcher Prue Hyman

    Rainbow Youth - Bridge to employment? Young GLBT people need self-esteem if they are to enter the workforce

    GLBT in the workplace:  News from abroad.

    November 2005
    EEO Brain-Gain – interview with Susan Biggs, new Senior Advisor Crown Entities
    May 2005
    Unions tackle factory floor & wage floor
    The policy of pretending

    EEO issues for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people