Employment Discrimination Marital Status Washington State

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					Rachel Green and Denise Ryder, Jericho High School
Elisa Weidenbaum, Jericho Middle School
Joey Bergida, Cold Spring Harbor High School
Surgeon General's Warning: Teaching is hazardous to the health
of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and those perceived by others to be
gay, lesbian, or bisexual. Teachers that fit into the above category
may regularly experience anxiety, headaches, stomach problems,
high blood pressure, depression, and in some cases death caused
by career-related complications.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits
  employment discrimination based on race, color,
  religion, sex, and national origin
In some states…
…civil rights legislation extends protection beyond
 federal criteria and precludes discrimination based on
 height, weight, and marital status
However, courts have held…
…that Title VII does not prohibit discrimination based
 on sexual orientation
Enter the Employment
Non-Discrimination Act of 2007
• ENDA (H.R. 3685) prohibits an employer from using
  an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity as
  the basis for adverse or different treatment in
  employment or employment opportunities.
• On Nov. 7, this bill was passed in the House of
  Representatives (235 – 184). The bill now goes on to be
  voted on in the Senate.
Some statistics…
There is no federal law that expressly forbids workplace
discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender people.

 Only twenty states currently have laws making it illegal to
  fire someone based on their sexual orientation
 Thirteen states and Washington D.C. have ENDAs that
  protect sexual orientation as well as gender expression
 Seven states have ENDAs that protect sexual orientation
  but not gender expression
 Thirty states have no laws that protect LGBT workers
More facts…
 Vermont has had an ENDA since 1992 but began
  protecting gender expression only this year
 Wisconsin was the first state to pass an ENDA, in 1982
 Minnesota, in 1993, became the first to have a
  transgender-inclusive ENDA
 When New York passed its sexual orientation only
  ENDA in 2002, LGBT rights groups hoped to cover
  transgenders in the near future (this has not happened
Why can’t a school be more like a
(According to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force)
 corporate America has voluntarily put in place
  policies prohibiting discrimination against LGBT
 as of January 2007, 430 (more than 85%) of the
  FORTUNE 500 companies had implemented
  nondiscrimination policies that included sexual
  orientation, and 121 (nearly 25%) had policies that
  included gender identity/expression
*generally speaking, it is not good for a school to be like a business
Civil rights for gay teachers is
critical for youth
 a positive climate for gay teachers can have a
  tremendous effect on the physical and emotional
  development of gay youth and of youth (gay or
  straight) who have gay parents, relatives, and/or
 30 percent of all completed teen suicides are by gay
  and lesbian youth
Final potshot…
…our laws currently facilitate and nurture an educational
 system where schools are able to use tax money to
 speak about respect while modeling bigotry

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