Equality in the Workplace: Whose Rights are Right? Essay

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“From the equality of rights springs identity of our highest interests; you cannot subvert your neighbor’s rights without striking a dangerous blow at your own.”(Schurz). This quote by Carl Schurz, who died in 1906, still rings true for today’s battle of protection of sexual identity and orientation in the workplace. (American). A report on “discrimination and its effects” shows that 27% of LGB employees were harassed at work while 78% of transgender people reported some type of employment related harassment.(Sears and Mallory). The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees have been fighting for various forms of equality for years. The “religious right” have been fighting against those same rights for just as long based on …show more content…
In November, 2013 a bill was passed in the Senate, Bill S.815, the “Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013” or ENDA which would provide specific protections in the workplace against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. This bill exempts religious employers and provides certain protections for them, yet the opposition still believes their rights will be violated. (O’Keefe). Many LGBT feel that the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 should already provide protections based on non-discrimination of “sex”; and in some cases that have been litigated, that has shown to be the case, but in others it has not been upheld as a defendable position.(Tabo). Employers should not be entitled to discriminate against someone because they disagree with their lifestyle. I would warrant that many that oppose ENDA do not approve of sex outside of marriage based on their religious beliefs. However, discrimination in the workplace based on that activity or lifestyle is not tolerated or accepted, yet no one is fighting for his or her religious freedoms and rights to discriminate against the perceived immoral behavior. The harassment of the LGBT employee is not imagined, nor is it overblown for attention. Based on the research documented in the report by Sears and Mallory, “widespread and continuing employment discrimination against LGBT people has been documented in scientific filed studies,

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