Tuesday, June 4, 2013

No American Dream For Gay Workers

A new landmark report examines how lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender workers can be legally fired, denied equal benefits & forced to pay thousands of dollars more in taxes simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. “A Broken Bargain: Discrimination, Fewer Benefits & More Taxes for LGBT Workers” shows how America’s basic dream that those who work hard can get ahead just doesn’t apply for LGBT workers. The report exposes how antiquated & discriminatory laws make it harder for LGBT workers to provide for themselves & their families. It also provides detailed policy recommendations for addressing these inequities. While the nation focuses on recent advances in securing marriage equality for gay & lesbian couples, 40 years of advocacy has failed to secure federal nondiscrimination protections for LGBT workers. Winnie Stachelberg, Executive Vice President for External Affairs at the Center for American Progress stated, “Even if gay & lesbian couples could marry in all 50 states tomorrow, it would still be perfectly legal to fire someone for being gay under federal law & in a majority of states. In other words, workers would be able to marry the person they love, but if they put that wedding picture on their desk, they might lose their job. While we are seeing recent victories on the marriage equality front, we must do more to address the real & serious problem of employment discrimination against LGBT workers.” The report is a collaboration of leading LGBT organizations, policy experts & business advocates that includes the Center for American Progress, the Movement Advancement Project & the Human Rights Campaign, in partnership with Freedom to Work, the National Center for Transgender Equality, the National Partnership for Women & Families, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, and the Service Employees International Union, or SEIU, with a foreword by Small Business Majority. Read Report…..

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