Research: Gender Diverse Employees in the Public Sector

Gender Diverse Employees in the Public Sector: Results from the 2017 Public Service Employee Survey

by Sean Waite, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Western Ontario

According to new data, gender diverse federal employees are almost three times more likely to have experienced discrimination on the job in the last two years, compared to cisgender men and women[1] [2]. This data also reveals that, 35% of gender diverse federal employees have experienced harassment in the workplace, compared to 16% and 19% of cisgender men and women. Gender diverse, which includes transgender, genderqueer and gender non-binary employees, also report lower levels of workplace satisfaction, feel that they receive less meaningful recognition, are less valued, and less respected in the workplace, relative to cisgender male and female employees. In fact, across every dimension of workplace engagement, leadership, and well-being, gender diverse employees report more negative experiences.

[1] The Public Service Employee Survey (PSES) asked respondents: What is your gender? 1) Male; 2) Female; 3) or please specify. This category includes transgender, genderqueer or gender non-binary respondents. In their reporting, PSES refers to this group as “gender diverse”.

[2] Cisgender refers to those whose birth sex corresponds to their personal gender identity, i.e. born male and identifying as male.

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