Know Your LGBTQ* Rights!
The thing about living in the United States is: not everything is mandated by the federal government. Some laws are left up to individual states and their constituents. Unfortunately, this means that not all states provide legal protection for you as an LGBTQ*-identified employee. In fact, in several US states, workplace rights and protections vary by county, or even by city. How frustrating and confusing is that? Have you checked on your rights lately?
States that prohibit bias in hiring, promotion, job assignment, termination, and compensation, as well as protection from harassment based on your sexual orientation:
Delaware, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, parts of Wisconsin.
States that prohibit bias in hiring, promotion, job assignment, termination, and compensation, as well as protection from harassment based on your sexual orientation AND your gender identity:
California, Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Colombia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington.
States where it is currently legal to discriminate based on an LGBTQ*-identity:
Alabama , Alaska , Arizona , Arkansas , Florida , Georgia , Idaho , Indiana , Kansas , Kentucky , Louisiana , Michigan , Mississippi , Missouri , Montana , Nebraska , North Carolina , North Dakota , Ohio, Oklahoma , Pennsylvania , South Carolina , South Dakota , Tennessee , Texas , Utah , Virginia , West Virginia , Wyoming.
Note From Ruth Elizabeth: Feeling as sick to your stomach as I am? Send a letter to your congress-person and tell them you want them to pass ENDA (the Employment Non-Discrimination Act). This would provide federal protection for discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, so you can stop googling your workplace rights every time you move cities, counties, or states.
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