Gay and Transgender Wage Gap, Crosby Burns discusses salary disparities between GLBT workers and their heterosexual co-workers. I found the following finding particularly pertinent because it ties in with the recent discussion about the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act:has a very interesting article on the wage gap for Gay and Transgender workers. In the
Transgender individuals also face significant wage disparities on the job. This is especially true for transgender women. One study found that the earnings of female transgender workers fell by nearly one-third following their gender transitions. Interestingly, that same study found that the earnings of male transgender workers slightly increased following their transition. As such, transgender men may actually experience a wage advantage rather than a wage penalty.
This research strongly indicates that in addition to facing significant workplace discrimination in hiring and firing based on their gender identity, transgender women experience significant gaps in pay largely attributable to their gender.
Burns goes on to make several recommendations for how to address this issue including the passage of Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).