Work Inequality for LGBT+ community By: Kam Payton

Despite major advancements for the LGBT+ community there is still a lot of inequality. The only major advancement made has been a law passing same-sex marriage. The work inequality for LGBT+ members is insanely high and needs to be addressed at some point in the near future.

According to the article "Employment Discrimination", "A growing body of law also seeks to prevent employment discrimination based on sexual orientation". Just knowing that people are trying to fight for more LGBT+ equality shows that the work discrimination against the LGBT+ community is a huge problem.

In this picture it is stated that 29 states can legally fire anyone who is a homosexual. The information in this image can also be backed up by an article saying "Nor is there state-level protection for sexual orientation in 29 of the 50 states" (Collins).

There is a simple solution to the inequality LGBT+ people face in the work place. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission could propose a law that gets passed to make LGBT+ discrimination. They give the proposal to Congress to vote on and if it passes then the president can either sign off on it or veto it.

The EEOC even says that "the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has interpreted the prohibition of discrimination based on conduct to include discrimination based on sexual orientation" ("Federal Laws Prohibiting Job Discrimination Questions And Answers). If discrimination against sexual orientation is interpreted then not everyone will assume that. People who read the constitution strictly will see that as if there is no law saying they can't explicitly discriminate them then they will.

One of the best quote I have found on LGBT+ workplace discrimination is from Bill Clinton, "All of America loses when any person is denied or forced out of a job because of sexual orientation. Being gay, the last time I thought about it, seemed to have nothing to do with the ability to read a balance book, fix a broken bone, or change a spark plug."

Together we can make LGBT+ people feel welcome in any work environment. All we need is to pass one simple law that allows anyone to be hired whether they like girls, boys, or somewhere between the two. LGBT+ people don't deserve the discrimination they receive and it's time we fix it.

Work Cited:

Clinton, Bill. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Dec. 2016. <https://jimgarrity.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/clintonquote.jpg>.

Collins, Mark. "LGBT; Sexual Stigma and Gender Identity." Law and Justice in Real Time LGBT Sexual Stigma and Gender Identity Comments. N.p., 21 Oct. 2015. Web. 11 Dec. 2016. <https://hub.wsu.edu/law-justice-realtime/2015/10/21/lgbt-hetero-sexism-and-sexual-stigma/>.

"Employment Discrimination." Cornell University Law School, n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2016. <https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/employment_discrimination>.

"Federal Laws Prohibiting Job Discrimination Questions And Answers." The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, n.d. Web. 11 Dec. 2016. <https://www.eeoc.gov/facts/qanda.html>.

N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Dec. 2016. <https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/f6/f6/45/f6f645254b88c40a71326735a2c397fc.jpg>.

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