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Under California state law, both sexual orientation and gender identity are protected classes and therefore cannot be discriminated against in the workplace. In addition, unlike most states, California state FMLA law provides leave and benefits to same-sex couples. Also, a number of California cities and counties, including San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Cruz, Oakland, Allegheny County and Santa Cruz County, protect sexual orientation and/or gender identity from employment discrimination.

A new XpertHR report revealed the Top 10 States which are considered the best places for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender (LGTB) individuals to work. The study assessed the states offering the most liberal and friendly work environment for LGTBs.

The study used the following indicators to determine the best workplaces for LGTBs:

- States that prevent employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity

- State laws offering benefits same-sex benefits

- States whose companies offer a positive working/living climate

Interestingly, 52% of the LGTB population lives in states that do not prevent employment discrimination that rests on sexual orientation or gender identity.

What’s more, the Northeastern U.S. appeared to have the highest concentration of states, with five of New England’s states being among the top places in the U.S.   The results indicate that these states are pioneers in protecting LGTBs against discrimination in the workplace by mandating appropriate legal protections.  

For the sake of history, Iowa became the first Midwestern state to recognize same-sex marriage in 2009 and it has provided benefits to same-sex partners of state employees since 2003. The same is the case for Minnesota, which was the first state to implement gender identity protections.

So, the XpertHR’s Top 10 LGTB-employment friendly states are…

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