Does Love Still Win in the Workplace?

On the 26th of June 2015, the citizens of the United States of America celebrated as a bill was passed nationwide for the legalization of same sex marriage. As one of the most powerful countries in the world, this was an example that has been celebrated by people from all over the world. It was a historic day, of course, but there are some people who were vehemently against the decision.

Though same sex marriages are now legal throughout the entirety of the United States, there are still some places where people who aren’t heterosexual are negatively discriminated against. The “Love Wins” moment may have been a moment of victory – it was a win in a battle, not the overall war. There is still much discrimination against those of a sexual orientation that are not heteronormative, a term that means it is of the standard of a cisman and a ciswoman (as there are transgender people who don’t fit into that term) being romantically involved together.

This kind of discrimination against sexual orientation can make the workplace not only uncomfortable but also unsafe. There are hate crimes committed ever still throughout the United States against LGBT+ people and to allow for this kind of discrimination is to perpetuate this kind of segregation which separates a significant number of the population from others. Luckily, as according to the website of the lawyers with Cary Kane LLP, there are some laws in certain states that explicitly protect workers from sexual orientation discrimination such as the “Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act” that was passed in 2002.

If you believe that there is discrimination happening at your workforce – homophobic, biphobic, acephobic or otherwise stated – then it would be recommended to contact professional and experienced legal aid in order to find out if there is something that could be done about the matter. One should not have to feel threatened in their given lifestyle just because they love differently from what has been socially constructed as the norm.