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You Can Be Fired for Your Sexual Orientation

Federal law clearly prohibits employers from discriminating against workers based on sex, race, age, and disability, but did you know employers are basically free to discriminate against you based on your sexual orientation? President Barack Obama is being asked to change that, but any large-scale extension of federal law to include gay workers as a protected class is not likely anytime soon.   Federal Action? The executive order Obama is being asked to sign would prohibit discrimination by federal contractors …

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Gay Cop Gets $1.5 Million from LAPD for Discrimination

A former Los Angeles police officer has settled a lawsuit against the department for anti-gay discrimination and retaliation for $1.5 million and an agreement to turn in his badge. Sgt. Ronald Crump sued his employer in 2009 after he said he experienced an egregious pattern of harassment and humiliation over a period of six months by his supervisor, Lt. John Romero, and then was transferred when he complained. According to the suit, Romero made constant references to the fact that …

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Posted 2 years ago in Gay and Lesbian issues Government by Aaron Kase  
Troops Sacked By Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Get Separation Pay

Former service members who were honorably discharged from the military under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy are now eligible for full separation pay, thanks to a recent court settlement. The American Civil Liberties Union had instigated a class action lawsuit against the government for troops who only received half the separation pay they would have otherwise been eligible for because they were discharged under the discriminatory former policy. Under the settlement, $2.4 million will be available for around 181 …

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Craigslist Sperm Donor Owes Child Support

The state of Kansas is demanding child support from a man who donated his sperm to a lesbian couple who posted an ad on Craigslist in 2009. The couple later broke up and one of the women applied to the state for aid. Kansas now says William Marotta owes child support to the mother of his three-year-old daughter, even though he says he never agreed to do anything except provide the sperm, for free.   Worthless Contract? Marotta signed a …

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Posted 2 years ago in Gay and Lesbian issues by Aaron Kase  
Cities Act To Protect LGBT Citizens When States Won’t

The city council of Boise, Idaho voted this month to extend anti-discrimination protections for sexual orientation and gender identity in housing, employment and public accommodations to its residents, the second city to legislate anti-bias measures in the staunchly conservative state. In the absence of state or federal protections, cities like Boise are filling in the blanks across the nation to stand up for the LGBT community. The hole is obvious: Federal civil rights laws protect citizens against discrimination based on …

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