Monday, May 12, 2014

There are Still 29 States Where it is Lawful to be Fired from Your Job for Being Gay (Picture)

Fortunately for residents of Wisconsin, there is anti-discrimination legislation under the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act ("WFEA") which makes it unlawful for an employer to discriminate against an individual on the basis of their sexual orientation in the following ways:

  • Job assignments
  • Recruitment and hiring
  • Pay
  • Leave or benefits
  • Promotion
  • Licensing or union membership
  • Training
  • Lay-off and firing
  • Other employment related actions

  • Unfortunately for residents of 29 other states in the United States, such protection is not afforded.  MSNBC recently had a map showing the states that still do not protect sexual orientation in the workplace and there is still no federal law that provides protection as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act ("ENDA") continues to be ignored in Congress:

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