Monthly Archives: November 2013

Without ENDA, Black LGBT People Will Continue to Experience Workplace Inequality

Every day, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people experience discrimination in the workplace. Typically, it is rooted in homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia, or mere cultural incompetency of what reality is like for LGBT people---and the consequences are real. Workplace discrimination makes it difficult for Black LGBT workers to secure a job, and financially provide for themselves and their families. The negative treatment that LGBT people encounter, oftentimes solely based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, is  further exacerbated for Black LGBT people.

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) would change this by allowing every worker to be judged on their merits, talents, and qualifications, not on who they are or whom they love. This change could be the first step to ensuring that LGBT workers, and especially Black LGBT workers, are economically secure.

Read the full article at EBONY.

Workplace Discrimination Series: Ashland Johnson

“One day I got sick and ended up being in the ICU for a week, and I let my employers know. They didn’t contact me to let me know anything else except for a week later, they FedEx’d me a termination letter.” – Ashland Johnson

Going to the hospital can be a stressful time for anyone. Whether the stress is due to an all-too-common fear of costly emergency room bills or due to the possibility of surgery, entering the hospital can be an uncertain time for anyone. For Ashland Johnson, however, the termination letter her employer sent while Ashland was in the Intensive Care Unit compounded her stress. Every day, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, individuals are discriminated against in the workplace solely due to their sexual orientation and gender identity and are denied the protection of federal law. That must change now.