“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.