Nondiscrimination Laws: Everyone Should Be Treated Fairly

All Americans, no matter what state they call home, should have the opportunity to live their lives free from discrimination. But right now, there are no explicit federal protections against our LGBTQ neighbors being fired, refused service at a business, or denied housing simply because of who they are or who they love. It’s time to update the laws–federally, in the states, and locally–so that all people, including LGBTQ people, are protected from discrimination.

Discrimination is Wrong, No Matter Who It Affects:

LGBTQ people are our neighbors, co-workers, friends, and family. When it comes to being able to earn a living, having a place to live, or being served by a business or government office, they should be treated like anyone else and not be discriminated against.

Protecting people from discrimination, including LGBTQ people, is about treating others as we want to be treated. Even though we may have different beliefs, what’s most important is focusing on what we have in common—taking pride in our work, respecting our neighbors, and giving back to our communities.

All hardworking people should have the opportunity to earn a living and provide for themselves and their families. Nobody should have to live in fear of being fired for reasons that have nothing to do with their job performance. Employees should be judged on their qualifications, experience, and the job they do—nothing more, nothing less.

Good for Business and the Economy:

Nondiscrimination policies that cover LGBTQ Americans–which already exist in the majority of Fortune 500 companies, 21 states, and hundreds of local municipalities across the country–have helped create diverse, productive workplaces that are competitive in a global marketplace. America’s largest employers know these policies are simply good for business.

To attract talented workers, spur entrepreneurial innovation, recruit investment, and build a thriving travel and tourism industry, every state needs to welcome all people and treat everyone fairly. It’s time for the country to update our nondiscrimination protections to include all workers and ensure that all of America is seen as a great place to do business. These policies work for America’s leading businesses and employers, and it’s time they were the law nationwide.

Freedom of Religion and Nondiscrimination Protections Go Hand-In-Hand:

Freedom of religion is important to all of us. It’s one of our nation’s fundamental values. That’s why it’s already protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution. That freedom doesn’t give any of us the right to impose our beliefs onto others, or to discriminate. It’s about striking a balance. LGBTQ people are our friends, neighbors, family, and coworkers. Protecting them from discrimination is about treating others as we want to be treated.

Treating Transgender Americans With Respect:

Because so few people personally know a transgender person, it can be hard to understand what it means to be transgender. A transgender person is someone whose sex at birth is different than who they know they are on the inside, and so they transition to live as the gender they have long known themselves to be. Like all of us, our transgender neighbors work hard to earn a living and meet their responsibilities. Updating these protections will give all Americans, including those who are transgender, an opportunity to provide for themselves and their families and build a better life.

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