Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Working in the Shadows

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) just published a report, Working in the Shadows, with detailed stories about workplace discrimination for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in the United States. I urge you to read the stories, which hopefully will cause you to email your congressperson and urge him or her to support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). It is legal to fire or refuse to hire someone in 30 states because he/she is gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. Here is one of the stories from the ACLU's report:

Single mother Jacinda Meyer worked as a licensed insurance agent in Southern California. During her first nine months on the job, the company gave her positive feedback about her performance and a raise. But soon after her boss learned that she was a lesbian, she was fired. She later applied for a job with a “sister company” and after several interviews and personality and placement testing, they made her a verbal offer. The next day, she received a call rescinding the offer.

It would be nice to believe in equity and justice in the workplace, but equity and justice need your support. Here's an ENDA toolkit and a way to contact your representative.