BIG WIN: Guam Unanimously Approves LGBT-inclusive Workplace ProtectionsBy Adam Polaski • August 12, 2015 • 11:15 am
This week, the Legislature of Guam, a United States territory, unanimously approved the Guam Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2015, which extends employment non-discrimination protections to island residents based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and military status.
The vote updates the island’s existing non-discrimination policy, which prohibits workplace discrimination based on ancestry, age, color, race, religion and sex.
The bill, sponsored by Vice Speaker Benjamin Cruz, passed with unanimous support. During a debate on the bill, Cruz said: “Let’s provide equality and protection to all our citizens in the workplace. If Fortune 500 companies can figure out how to do this, … then surely we can figure out how to do this.”
Freedom for All Americans Campaign Manager Matt McTighe said today:
“Guam took a positive step in the right direction and serves as an example of what every American state and territory should do to protect individuals from workplace discrimination. While we’re thrilled with the steps Guam has taken, Freedom for All Americans will not rest until every American is protected from discrimination based on their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.”
Extending employment non-discrimination protections to LGBT Americans in Guam is a great first step – now, it’s time to ensure that no one faces any discrimination – including in housing and public accommodations – because of who they are and who they love. In 33 states, LGBT Americans still aren’t fully protected, and it’s time for that to change.