Texas HB 238 Employment Non-Discrimination

  • metta

    Posts: 38648

    Dec 04, 2012 6:39 PM GMT
    TX HB 238 Employment Non-Discrimination

    Legislation was filed today in Texas to provide protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people by State Representative Mike Villarreal of San Antonio. Texas is one of 29 states where you can be fired simply for being LGBTQ.

    HB238 would amend the current labor code in the state to extend employment protections to include gay and transgender along with the current protections for race, religion, sex, nation origin and disability. It does not create a new statute, and is supported by the many Texas based companies that have already given employment protections to their employees, such as Dell, American Airlines, and JC Penny.

    An overwhelming majority of Texans believe that everyone should be judged on their capabilities and job performance. Hardworking, high-performing employees should not be fired just because they are gay or transgender.” – Rep. Mike Villarreal
    According to a study by the American Journal of Sociology, states with no anti-discrimination laws see a marked increase in discrimination against gay (or perceived gay) men. Another study, from the National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce, reports staggering numbers related to the harassment and bias against transgender people.

    Currently, there is no federal law banning workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity expression.

  • roadbikeRob

    Posts: 14062

    Dec 04, 2012 7:42 PM GMT
    Ultra-conservative Texas passing legislation protecting GLBT people from employment discrimination, That'll be the day. Sadly to say, this bill doesn't stand a chance in getting past all the narrow minded, bible thumping screwballs that have firm control over Texas State Government. You might as well forget about this one.