Don’t Toss Out Anti-Discrimination Employee Protections


Target: Michigan Governor Rick Snyder

Goal: Don’t nullify existing LGBT employee protections.

LGBT employees throughout Michigan will soon be vulnerable to termination and discrimination from their employers just for being who they are if a proposal being discussed in the state’s legislature becomes law. As long as anti-LGBT bigotry is a blight on this nation, protections for this community will be a necessity. Demand that this proposal not make it into law.

Anti-discrimination protections for LGBT employees in Michigan unfortunately do not exist at the state level. Despite this state omission, 38 municipalities around the state have local ordinances on the books protecting LGBT people from discrimination from their employers on the basis of their sexual orientations or gender identities. Apparently, though, the state’s Republicans do not like this.

A new law working its way through the state’s House of Representatives would nullify all existing employee protections at the local level that do not exist at the state or federal levels. In other words, LGBT employees who enjoy legal protections in these 38 municipalities will no longer be protected, and municipalities will be completely barred from implementing legal protections for LGBT employees in the future.

Both houses of the state’s legislature are controlled by Republicans, making passage of this law alarmingly likely. Sign the petition below to demand Governor Rick Snyder veto this law when it arrives on his desk so that it can never hurt Michigan’s LGBT workers.


Dear Governor Snyder,

I am writing you today regarding HB 4052. This bill is anti-worker and will leave countless Michiganders vulnerable to abuses from their employers. It should be vetoed without hesitation.

The most significant worry regarding this proposal is the impact it would have on LGBT workers throughout your state. HB 4052 would nullify all local protections that exist for LGBT employees in your state, giving employers the freedom to discriminate against them just for their sexual orientation or gender identity without needing to worry about legal repercussions. Because there are no anti-discrimination protections for LGBT workers in your state laws, these people would be completely vulnerable and without recourse.

Besides this, HB 4052 would have a multitude of other negative impacts on Michigan workers. Local ordinances on minimum wages, benefits, union rights, and sick leave policies would all be tossed out in favor of state and federal policies for no good reason, leaving workers disenfranchised and with less than they have a reasonable expectation for.

There is no justification for getting rid of local worker protections across Michigan. I demand that you veto HB 4052 when it arrives on your desk so that it can never hurt your state’s workers.


[Your Name Here]

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