Most people are unaware that discrimination in employment is not protected unless it comes under a clearly defined class protected by law. Employment in New York as in most states, is “at will”. Therefore you can be fired at any time for any reason. Although these issues have recently been argued before the Supreme Court, no decision has been made as to whether the LGBTQ community will be protected. As this article demonstrates, many people, more than 50%, are not out in their workplace for fear that they may lose their job. Many people also experience discrimination and intolerable treatment from co-workers.
Selected excerpt(s), linked article and/or photo courtesy by Julia Carpenter, CNN Business