In the United States of America, a country of the free, many Americans find them shelves still fighting for equal rights. In 29 states, if your gay, lesbian or transgender you can be fired just for being who you are. Some employees have also seen themselves passed up for promotions because they are gay, lesbian or transgender.
Some states such as Utah have began to make a way to protect the LGBT community in the workplace. President Obama, the Senate and some in Congress have also stepped up, urging policy to protect the LGBT community in the workplace.
“The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. The act is mute on discrimination based on sexual orientation or identity.
It’s clear that such discrimination takes place.” (Bloomberg)
According to Bloomberg, “the last Congress, 43 senators co-sponsored legislation to end LGBT employment discrimination. The law would hardly be a burden. The overwhelming majority of Fortune 500 companies already subscribe to its guidelines. So do many municipalities. Private clubs, religious organizations and businesses with fewer than 15 employees would be exempt.”
So, why are so many employers discriminating against and firing employees for being themselves. Companies such as Chik fil a use personal opinion and personal beliefs in their business practices.
Not all companies discriminate though. Companies such as Starbucks and The Walt Disney Company do not discriminate against their employees. They are in fact just two of the fortune 500 companies who have taken strides in working to make sure their gay, lesbian and transgendered employees have the same rights and accesses as their heterosexual counterparts.
There are only a few states who don’t allow companies to discriminate against employees because of their sexual orientation.
The Human Rights campaign have been and are hard at work in fighting to get fair workplace practices for the LGBT community. Yet have been met with some opposition just as same sex marriage has.
Currently, 11 states allow same-sex marriage. California and Illinois are the latest to make headlines about the same sex marriage debate. Illinois recently failed to get a vote on legalizing same sex marriage in it’s state.
California on the other hand has seen its voters vote against the legalization of same sex marriage. In 2008, California voters voted against same sex marriage (prop 8.)
Now, in 2013 California residents as well as the U.S., await to hear the final decision from the Supreme Court. A decision that can come within weeks or days.
Hopefully, the Supreme Court gets it right and allows the LGBT community the right to marry who they want.
-Kelly J Newson