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Fired For Being a Lesbian [Video]

Fired For Being a Lesbian [Video]

Did you know that it is still currently legal to fire someone from their job just for being homosexual?  Kimya testifies that this is what happened to her as a social worker in a new video from The Task Force, who is working to pass ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act).

According to Human Rights Campaign:

Kimya has a master’s degree in social work and nearly two decades of experience in the field. She was the manager of a unit of a long-term care facility for sufferers of Alzheimer’s and dementia. She enjoyed her job, and was good at it, but suffered through nearly a year of threatening messages, vandalism to her car and slurs uttered in the halls. In 2003, she was fired, her supervisors telling her, “This would not be happening if you were not a lesbian.” Kimya sought out legal help, but quickly learned that nothing in Michigan law protected her from being fired because of her sexual orientation.

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12:27PM PST on Feb 8, 2011

Hasn't the ENDA been pushed around long enough? What is it, close to 20 years or so? Time to make it pass into federal law to protect everyone from injustices in the workplace! Since 2008 Sweden has had legislation protecting people from discrimination based on beliefs, gender, age, sexual identity, gender identity or expression, ethniticity or disablility in the workplace aswell as in education. (http://www.do.se/en/) Some laws have been there for a long time, some were added in 2008.
So, if there's a way to push ENDA into law I will do my best to make it so. Is there a petition about it already? If not, I'll create one!

8:40PM PDT on Nov 1, 2010

So, prejudice is alive and well in Michigan.

3:23PM PDT on Oct 20, 2010

Of course he bosses are ignorant, stupid individuals. Where did this happen?

12:48PM PDT on Oct 13, 2010

I have no words on how this is so wrong!

8:46AM PDT on Oct 13, 2010

That is so WRONG! I can't believe it's still legal anywhere on this planet to fire someone simply because of their sexual orientation.

8:52AM PDT on Oct 12, 2010

I work for the human resources department and I know it's illegal to discriminate against an employee for their age, gender or sexual orientation, at least in our state. I guess Michigan hasn't come out of the dark ages yet.

11:26AM PDT on Oct 11, 2010

You think this is not fair, it shouldn't be happening? Well, start thinking worse case scenario, because if the Dems lose the Congress come November 2010, this discrimination will look like child's play.

6:12AM PDT on Oct 11, 2010

Yes it still continues in Ontario as we have a Premier whos wife works for the Catholic School Board. And YES the Cathoic Board will have you removed from your job if they find out you are gay! I guess the Cathoic Church will never come out of the dark ages and possibly that will be their demise!

4:57PM PDT on Oct 10, 2010

I thought it was illegal to fire someone because of their sexual preference! Guess I was wrong. It does seem as though this is the same sort of wrong as it is if someone gets fired for their skin color or not hiring you if you're already over 50! This is the problem my husband & I are facing. We are both over 50 and every job we apply for, no one wants to hire us!!! They only say "You're not qualified!", or we never hear back from them! It's pretty frickin sad but of course we can't prove age discrimination but I know in my heart that it goes on more than most people would want to admit!!! All discrimination is wrong but being able to prove it is a whole other planet!!! :(

4:15PM PDT on Oct 10, 2010

Canibalistic sheep -- a large segment of the human population is and always will be...What would they do without the "unwanted" minorities to abuse and bully?

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