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US: Worker allegedly sacked from Ashley Furniture HomeStore for being a married lesbian

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  1. If you claimed to be “possessed” by Gandalf the Grey and spoke Elvish people would either dismiss you are a bonehead, or you’d be diagnosed delusional.

    If you say “Jesus” did it, fools coo and enable it when it is either a screaming lie, or onset of psychosis.

    And people like me laugh at their asinine magical thinking crap, while vaguely hoping they won’t go on to hurt someone (including themselves).

    Not all states have employment protection for LGBT people – I guess New Jersey is one of the more progressive ones. But this is why federal level protection is absolutely key.

  2. It flumoxes me that LGBT people are still discriminated to such a level in employment in many parts of the US and employment law is decided on a state by state basis.

    Once thing Obama must do is enforce federal laws that protects LGBT employees at work.

    1. Agreed. Although they did try to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act at least once during his first time. It just doesn’t have the will behind it.

      I would argue it is of far more importance than marriage equality – since having a job is an inevitability (I hope) whereas marrying is not. But it seems that the US has to undergo a major culture shift before all that stuff in the Constitution can actually become the truth.

      Although Kennedy used executive order to limit job discrimination based on race (I think Eisenhower did it too regarding segregation) it can be overturned by Congress and isn’t nearly robust enough. As we saw in the recent elections, there’s just not enough stigma attached to being a screaming homophobe, and many US politicians embrace it wholeheartedly.

  3. That There Other David 23 Jan 2013, 2:16pm

    I know a job’s a job and all, especially at the moment, but would you really want to work for a place like this? She’s better off out of that nuthouse.

    Saying that, I still think she’s doing the right thing with the lawsuit.

  4. Christopher in Canada 23 Jan 2013, 2:43pm

    The land of the free and home of the brave is neither.

  5. Someone was allegedly ‘speaking in tongues’? If that’s true, I hope they receive a health assessment to check they’re not mentally ill. I’d be extremely worried if anyone started doing that at a job interview.

    And, if this complaint is proven, what on earth are employers doing sticking their noses into their employees marital status, sexuality and private life in general? LGBT people need legislation to prevent such blatant discrimination.

  6. Robert in S. Kensington 23 Jan 2013, 2:45pm

    Well, the problem is with the failure to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of ENDA as it is sometimes known simply because republicans refuse to endorse it claiming there are sufficient laws in place protecting LGBT people.

    Aside from that, it is illegal, from what I know of American employment regulations to ask someone what their religion

    As bad as some think it is, we’re far better off in the UK living as gay people than any of our American counterparts even in states where there is equal marriage.

  7. Ashley Furniture Homophobe Store?

  8. Tom Cotner 24 Jan 2013, 3:27pm

    Ashley Furniture has a long way to go in policing their employment personnel.

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