A former Trader Joe's store manager recently filed a sexual orientation discrimination lawsuit in the Los Angeles County Superior Court against the specialty grocery store. The suit alleges that the beloved manager was fired by Regional Vice-President Caroline Judd because she is gay.
On Wednesday, March 16, the Georgia House approved changes to HB 757, a bill that would have protected opponents of same-sex marriage, and offered less civil and employee protections to the LGBTQ community. The changes in the bill would have allowed people to lawfully decline performing same-sex marriages, prevent government burden of religious belief and would have even made it lawful for Georgia employers to refuse jobs to workers because of their sexual orientation.
Almost every day a new headline appears in the media that highlights the LGBT community. Whether it's an exclusive interview with a transgender celebrity, or the government striking down same-sex marriage bans all over the country, it is becoming increasingly clear that LGBT individuals are finally becoming accepted as valuable members of society.
If you're an LGBT Californian and have been discriminated against due to your sexual orientation or gender identity in the workplace, you are not alone. Although it can be difficult to replace the dignity that may have been taken away from you due to this type of employment discrimination, State and Federal laws can protect you from sexual orientation discrimination at work.