Target: Virginia State Senate
Goal: Protect state employees from workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
The state of Virginia currently has no legislation protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender state employees from workplace discrimination. State Senators Don McEachin and Adam Ebbin have introduced a new workplace discrimination bill that would change that and grant basic rights to the LGBT community in Virginia.
As it currently stands, a person can lawfully be fired or refused employment by any employer in Virginia on the basis of that individual’s real or even perceived sexual orientation or gender expression. This means that an individual can even be fired just because an employer thinks they are gay or lesbian. If passed, the new bill would ensure that LGBT state employees would be free from workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Passing this bill is the first critical step towards an all-inclusive law protecting LGBT individuals in all Virginia workplaces from discrimination. According to Equality Virginia, 87 percent of Virginians agree that gay and lesbian employees have a right to be protected from workplace discrimination, and 90 percent believe gay and lesbian Virginians should have the right to work for the government. Protecting state employees is the first step towards total workplace discrimination protections.
Employment discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers is prevalent and creates a harmful and unsafe workplace environment. Sign the petition below to tell Virginia lawmakers that the state’s employees should have the right to a workplace free from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
Dear Virginia State Senate,
Employment discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender workers in Virginia’s state government currently goes unchecked. This creates an unsafe workplace for LGBT Virginians. State Senators Don McEachin and Adam Ebbin have introduced a new bill that would change this, codifying protection for state employees from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
This positive change will foster a safer and more open workplace environment. The vast majority of Virginians believe members of the LGBT community should be protected from workplace discrimination. I urge you to pass this piece of legislation to show your commitment toward protecting the rights of Virginia state employees. No individual should have to lose their job or be refused employment on the basis of their sexual orientation or how they identify.
[Your Name Here]
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