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Tue Apr 9, 2013, 09:50 PM

States where you can be fired for being gay



http://www.upworthy.com/29-states-can-fire-you-for-being-gay-is-your-state-one-of-them

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Tue Apr 9, 2013, 09:57 PM

1. Anyone who thinks the fight to extend civil rights to all those who deserve it has largely been won

needs to see this map to see that sadly this is a notion far from the truth.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Tue Apr 9, 2013, 09:59 PM

2. Good to see that bigotry is alive and well...

... in the USA.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Tue Apr 9, 2013, 10:47 PM

3. to be fair - AZ is a an "at-will" state

Anyone can be fired here for any reason.

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Response to drmeow (Reply #3)

Tue Apr 9, 2013, 11:16 PM

4. Texas, too. You can be fired because your boss doesn't like your sense of humor.

Or is just tired of seeing your mug each morning.

Now, federal law prohibits larger employers from firing people for certain reasons, such as race or creed. I'd be glad to include sexual orientation in that list. But keep in mind, federal law 1) still doesn't prevent employers from firing employees for completely non-business reasons, such as their bad sense of humor, and 2) only applies to employers that have more than a certain number of employees. The baker looking for a single assistant may hire only white Southern Baptists, if he so chooses.


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Response to eallen (Reply #4)

Wed Apr 10, 2013, 12:12 AM

7. It's just another reason why unions are needed

If you don't have a contract the only standard the employer has to go by are federal and state laws which leave a lot to be desired even in the best states.

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Response to drmeow (Reply #3)

Tue Apr 9, 2013, 11:45 PM

5. No that isn't true

you can't be fired for being black, you can't be fired for being a woman, you can't be fired for being an Evangelical, you can be fired for being gay in AZ.

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Response to dsc (Reply #5)

Wed Apr 10, 2013, 01:13 AM

8. Isn't that because those are FEDERALLY

protected categories? You can't be fired in any state for those reasons. There are no protections other than the federal protections in AZ. Is that true of all the other states marked on that map or are there states where other statuses are protected by state law beyond the federal protections but being gay isn't one of them?

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Response to drmeow (Reply #8)

Wed Apr 10, 2013, 09:19 AM

10. Yep. And those restrictions apply only to firms with a minimum # of employees.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Tue Apr 9, 2013, 11:51 PM

6. kick & recommended.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Wed Apr 10, 2013, 02:43 AM

9. I'm surprised there are so many states that protect gay employees.

I expected to see about half a dozen.

And, of course, the trend is against bigotry. "The arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice." -- Theodore Parker

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