After the proposed law that aims to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the workplace has recently received a major boost from the majority of the lawmakers and from a senate committee, the same is now being backed by the majority of small businesses across the nation.
According to a national poll, more than two-thirds of small businesses in the U.S. believe that the federal and state laws should prohibit employment discrimination against LGBT workers.
Also, the said survey from the Small Business Majority, small business advocacy organization, also found that 63 percent of small business owners believe that an employer shouldn’t be able to fire or refuse to hire someone who is gay, lesbian, transgender or bisexual if it conflicts with their religious beliefs.
Moreover, some small business owners likewise believe that a law that would protect employees from gender discrimination can improve their revenues since such law can definitely attract the best and brightest employees in the labor industry.
In his own statement, the founder and CEO of Small Business Majority, John Arensmeyer, has said “Policies that encourage workplace discrimination introduce inefficiencies and costs that cut into profits and undermine small businesses’ bottom lines.”
Arensmeyer has further claimed that “Implementing nondiscrimination laws that allow employers to treat all people equally, regardless of sexual orientation, will help small businesses retain quality employees and free them from an extra administrative burden.”
So far, 21 states and the District of Columbia have approved laws prohibiting workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation, according to the Human Rights Campaign, while in Washington, D.C. some 16 states illegalize employment discrimination based on gender identity.
On the other hand, 29 states still don’t have existing laws that ban discrimination based on sexual orientation while 34 states do not have anti-discrimination law on the basis of gender identity.
In California, employment discrimination has been relatively rampant in the state. This is despite that fact that the government added gender identity and sexual preferences to the list of classes protected by the state’s Fair Employment and Housing (FEHA). Therefore, such comprehensive laws are indeed necessary.