A new report shows that over two-thirds of small businesses favor federal laws that would end employment discrimination against bisexual, gay and transgender people. The report was conducted by the Small Business Majority, an organization that advocates for small business owners. This topic may be of interest to Wisconsin readers, because federal anti-discrimination laws would be legally binding in all 50 states.
Most businesses seem to feel that extending anti-discrimination laws to the LGBT community is a good business practice that attracts and retains talented employees. The feeling also extends to large Fortune 500 companies. Such documented opinions are in direct conflict with activists who claim that including LGBT in anti-discrimination laws would put an undue burden on business owners.
Workplace discrimination may be difficult to deal with and even more difficult to prove. If an individual feels they have been discriminated against in hiring or promotion practices based on age, sex, race or sexual orientation, it may be beneficial to allow an employment attorney to review the issue. An attorney understands the scope of the anti-discrimination laws and may be able to negotiate a settlement that includes getting or keeping a job, getting a promotion or receiving equal pay.
Source: Wisconsin gazette, "Small business survey finds strong support for laws protecting LGBT workers", WiG, June 04, 2013