SB12 would protect LGBT public employees from discrimination in the workplace

Richmond, VA – The Virginia Women’s Equality Coalition today applauded the Senate General Laws Committee for its endorsement of Coalition priority SB12, prohibiting discrimination in public employment based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The Coalition believes women and girls everywhere deserve equal opportunity to participate fully in civic, economic, and political life.

“We’re so grateful a bipartisan group of State Senators agree gay and transgender Virginians deserve equal protection under the law when it comes to discrimination in the workplace,” said James Parrish, executive director of Equality Virginia. “Private employers have long recognized that protecting all their employees from discrimination on the job makes good business sense and it’s far past time the Commonwealth joined them.”

“No one should have to worry their job is in jeopardy because of who they are or whom they love,” said Progress Virginia executive director Anna Scholl. “Prohibiting discrimination in public employment is a commonsense step forward to ensuring every Virginian in equal in the eyes of the law.”

“It’s a fundamental American value that taxpaying individuals who work hard should not be discriminated against in the workplace because of who they are,” said Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia executive director Cianti Stewart-Reid. “Marriage equality is the law of the land and 87% of Virginians agree LGBT employees should be protected on the job. Thank you to the Democrats and Republicans who stood up for equality today.”

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