"The Environmental Protection Agency will begin collecting employee data on sexual orientation and gender identity to help LGBT employees 'feel included,' according to an internal agency email sent by EPA chief of staff Matt Fritz last week.
'A professional, productive and inclusive workplace is essential to our mission of protecting human health and the environment,' Fritz told employees in the email, according to the Washington Free Beacon.
'When collected, safely stored, and analyzed along with other demographic information, S[exual] O[rientation] G[ender] I[dentity] data serve as an important resource for developing workforce engagement strategies and improving organizational performance,' Fritz added.
Fritz said that, while there are legal protections already in place for LGBT employees, statistics suggest that LGBT employees 'do not feel included in workplaces and feel compelled to lie about their personal lives at work.' He added that collection of such data can help the agency learn how to get more employees engaged at work."
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