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Equal Protections for LGBT and Transgender Employees
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Equal Protections for LGBT and Transgender Employees

Maintaining the current system of inconsistent and scattered protections for LGBT workers is unfair to all parties involved in employment discrimination disputes.

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Maintaining the current system of inconsistent and scattered protections for LGBT workers is unfair to all parties involved in employment discrimination disputes. Federal legislation explicitly prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is essential to balancing the rights of LGBT employees with the economic interests of employers.

It is the employers who would benefit most directly from a federal law that clarifies the boundaries of Title VII and establishes explicit protections for LGBT workers. National legislation would allow employers to adapt to unambiguous employment guidelines and greatly reduce the risk of a discrimination lawsuit facing many businesses.

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