Blatant employment discrimination strips away the right of each individual American to be judged on their merits and abilities. Every American must be allowed to contribute to society without facing unfair discrimination on account of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. It exacerbates and complicates our ongoing national fight against bigotry and intolerance when anyone is left unprotected.
It is currently legal in 38 states to fire or otherwise discriminate against someone solely because of their perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. Thus the majority of Americans may be discriminated against, regardless of their job performance, simply because of who they are or who they may seem to be. Employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, whether real, perceived, or simply used as an excuse for other forms of discrimination, denies qualified Americans their basic civil rights.
For more information on the problem, as well as legislative solutions and how you can be an advocate, please see the Action Item online.