Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Fired for Being Gay

Yep, it's legal in more than half of the United States. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act was submitted to Congress today:

(Washington) Legislation to bar discrimination based on sexuality the workplace was introduced in Congress Tuesday afternoon.

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act would make it illegal to fire, refuse to hire or refuse to promote an employee based on the person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

The bill was filed in the House by Reps. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio) Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Chris Shays (R-Conn.)

A number of states have varying degrees of protections for LGBT workers. Still it legal to fire someone based on his or her sexual orientation in 33 states, and in 42 states, it is still legal to fire someone for being transgender.

Feel like making an argument like, "It really doesn't happen that much," "I've never heard of anyone being fired for that," or "no place I've worked would ever do that"? Great, glad to hear you're a modern folk. It shouldn't be any problem then having a law that makes sure LGBT people can't be fired for being who they are.

If you're an employer and this legislation scares you, good; it should. You're the type it's meant to protect us from.