Here is my Forum For Equality blog post on the Louisiana Fair Employment Act (HB 85).

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fired for being straightAll hard-working employees should have the chance to earn a living and provide for themselves and their families. No one should live in fear that they can be fired for reasons that have nothing to do with their job performance nor should our state risk losing the best and brightest to other states that value diversity.

House Bill 85, the Louisiana Fair Employment Act, would amend state protections and add safeguards from discrimination in public employment based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

Currently, the cities of Lafayette, Shreveport, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lake Charles, and Monroe all have policies protecting public workers from employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

Protecting workers from discrimination in employment is simply good business. In 2011, it was reported that 87% of Fortune 500 companies have employment non-discrimination policies that include sexual orientation, and 41% have policies…

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