While there is currently no federal law prohibiting employment discrimination or even discrimination per se against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees, some states have one way or another taken the initiative to protect this group by passing their own laws.
Recently in Atlanta, Georgia, a federal judge ruled in favor of a transgender former state legislative aide who filed a complaint saying she was fired because she wanted to wear women’s clothes as she transitioned from being a man to a woman.
The former legislative aide, Vandy Beth Glenn, whose previous name was Glenn Morrison, claimed that she was terminated from her job as a legislative editor because her boss, Legislative Counsel Sewell Brumby said that dressing up as a woman is immoral and would make her co-workers uncomfortable.
In the ruling, U.S. District Judge Richard W. Story held that Glenn’s firing was a violation of her constitutional rights under the Equal Protection Clause.
A lot of states have already passed anti-discrimination laws against gays and lesbians but clearly, this may not be enough as discrimination and harassment is still prevalent – many people still refuse to respect the rights and dignity of others who are different from them.
The Obama administration however, seems to be advancing the rights of gay individuals. Recently, homosexual employees/couples are now allowed to earn or enjoy benefits under the FMLA. If the pending bill, Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) gets passed, under the law, it would be illegal anywhere in the country to discriminate against or harass LGBT individuals.