Sexual Orientation Protection Levels Reach New High

Philadelphia — Aug. 15

Equality Forum, a national and international lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, reported that a record 477 (95.4 percent) of the 2012 Fortune 500 companies voluntarily include sexual orientation in their employment non-discrimination policies. In 2004, 323 (64.6 percent) of the Fortune 500 companies provided such protection.

“Ninety percent of Americans mistakenly believe that sexual orientation workplace protection is provided under the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA),” said Malcolm Lazin, executive director of Equality Forum. Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia mandate workplace sexual orientation protection. “In most of America, gays and lesbians can be fired solely because of their sexual orientation and without any misconduct or violation of corporate policy,” Lazin said.

According to recent polls, more than 75 percent of Americans support the inclusion of sexual orientation in federal ENDA, including a majority of Democrats, Republicans, independents, seniors, Catholics and small business owners, among others.

Source: Equality Forum