Promoting the Human Rights of LGBT People in the World of Work: Building equal opportunities in the world of work: combating LGBT- phobia

International Labor Organization (ILO), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)


To build the capacity of people in the workplace to create a working environment that is inclusive and respectful of HIV status and sexual diversity.

Type of Document:
Four case studies with discussion questions are presented. Each one focuses on an example of discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV status. It is “an invitation to reflect and to act”.

Audience Intended:
LGBT populations, people living with HIV, workplace mangers and other workers; people working in human resources or the promotion of diversity in the work place, trade unions.

Populations Experiencing Stigma and/or Discrimination
LGBT populations

Stigma and/or Discrimination:
Discrimination, with some mention of stigma. Includes attention to human rights relevant to work and non-discrimination.

Assess and/or Address:

This document can be used internally by organizations to have discussions among different groups of workers to ensure an inclusive and respectful working environment. Trade unions may also want to incorporate the materials into any relevant training to promote these good practices across different organizations and industries. If there are open LGBT people within a workplace they should be central to deciding how the materials might best be used and they should be involved in any implementation activities.

Brazil focus; Not directly relevant to health care settings but an interesting model for considering discrimination within the workplace from which useful lessons might be drawn.

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