Monday, August 8, 2016

LGBT discrimination lawsuits may rise where protections are lacking - HR DIVE

by Tom Starner 
Originally published: August 3, 2016

Dive Brief:
  • When the U.S. Supreme Court gave LGBT Americans the legal right to marry last year, it seemed that for employers the decision would settle things down and clarify things a bit. But that didn't quite happen, according to Fortune.
  • Despite approximately 123,000 same-sex marriages since the ruling (according to Gallup), it remains completely legal to fire LGBT employees in 28 states that offer no protection for job or housing discrimination to LGBT workers.
  • That's a problem for employers operating in those 28 states, Fortune explains. According to a survey from Littler, the employment law firm, about 75% of business owners polled in those states fear discrimination claims by LGBT workers will rise within the next year, compared to only 31% who felt that way just a year ago.