equitable and inclusive of LGBTQ+ employees.
Today, nearly half of LGBTQ+ professionals believe that being out will negatively impact their job search, according to data from LinkedIn. Of those who are out, one in three say they have faced blatant discrimination and/or microaggressions in the workplace and one in four say they have left a job because they didn’t feel comfortable or accepted.
“It’s interesting when you talk about people who are from the queer community or LGBTQ+ community because it’s not as easy to walk into a job interview as it would be for me as a Black man to look around and see the Black headcount,” says LinkedIn career expert Andrew McCaskill. “You know, it’s a little bit easier in a race and ethnicity sort of scenario to get some of those early cues. But, I think for members of the LGBTQ+ community, we have to do even more research on the companies that we’re looking to join.”
Below McCaskill, along with Josh and Michael Saterman, founders of the diversity, equity and inclusion consulting firm Saterman Connect, share tips for how you can tell if a potential employer is LGBTQ+ friendly during the interview process.