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Legal Resources for GLBT Job Discrimination

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In many places, job discrimination remains a big issue for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.  Many people are afraid to be out for fear that they will be fired and/or subjected to a hostile work environment.  According to our callers, bullying for being different doesn’t necessarily end at high-school graduation.  No one deserves to lose his/her job or have an uncomfortable workplace because of sexual orientation or gender identification.  As incredible as it seems in 2011, the majority of states have NO state-wide law the prohibits discrimination in the work place because of sexual orientation or gender identity.  Nor does the U.S. have a federal law the provides equal protection.  In some places, individual cities have provided protection, but if you travel outside of that city, you might just have lost your ability to work.

That’s why it is so critical for Congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) that will protect all members of our GLBT community.

For legal advice, the following organizations can be helpful:

For more links, please also see the Out & Equal website.

Although they cannot dispense legal advice, our peer-counselor volunteers are happy to listen and discuss the feelings surrounding a discriminatory work environment.  Please let us know if we can help.

Written by glbtnhc

November 14, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Posted in Discrimination

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