Wednesday, August 3, 2016

raceAhead: Civil Rights for LGBT Workers - FORTUNE

by Jeremy Quittner 
Originally published: August 2, 2016

Hi, I’m Jeremy Quittner, a writer for’s Venture channel. I’m filling in for Ellen McGirt this week while she’s on vacation.

Last June, the Supreme Court made history by granting LGBT people in the U.S. the legal right to marry their loved ones.

Since that time, approximately 123,000 same-sex marriages have taken place, according to Gallup Organization, and there are now about 491,000 such marriages in the U.S.

The only problem is that it’s still legal to fire LGBT employees in 28 states where such workers aren’t covered by state laws that protect various minorities from discrimination on the job, as well as in housing and public accommodations.