When Americans need time off work to recover from illness, bond with a new child, or care for a seriously ill family member, they often discover that their jobs provide little or no support. These important life moments can be especially difficult for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workers to navigate. LGBT workers who need time off for personal health or family caregiving reasons often find themselves lost in a maze of legal questions:
- Am I entitled to any leave from work, and if so, is it job-protected and/or paid?
- Do any federal, state, or local laws provide protection or guarantee paid leave?
- Are my family relationships recognized under the law or my employer's personnel policies?
- Can I be fired from my job for disclosing that I am in a same-sex relationship or have an LGBT family?
In April 2013, A Better Balance issued a comprehensive report to address these critical questions. Given significant developments in the law regarding LGBT Americans, as well as passage of several new state and local workplace leave laws, A Better Balance released this updated version of the report in November 2013.