Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination
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Laws against Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination
Unfortunately, there currently is no federal law against sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination. In 2013, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (EDNA) was passed by the Senate and is supported by President Obama. This act would prohibit discrimination against homosexuals in the workplace. It currently awaits approval by the House of Representatives. Therefore, contacting one's local representative is currently the best way to help pass these federal protections.
Do States Afford Homosexuals Protection?
Traditionally, the federal government only prohibited discrimination based on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, and sex. As a result, many states offer protection against discrimination based on ones sexual orientation or gender identity.
- States protecting both sexual orientation and gender identity by law: California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington.
- States protecting sexual orientation by law: Delaware, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, and Wisconsin.
- States protecting both sexual orientation and gender identity in public employment: Kansas, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
- States protecting sexual orientation in public employment: Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Michigan, Missouri, and Montana.
- States offering no protections: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
If you believe that your employer has discriminated against you on the basis of your sexual orientation or gender identity, you should immediately consult with an employment lawyer. If your state extends protection for gays and lesbians in the workplace, you should also consider contacting your state's Fair Employment Practices agency. or the local chapter of the ACLU or other gay rights group.
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Last Modified: 06-06-2014 03:50 PM PDT
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