Every year, the Human Rights Campaign releases its corporate equality index, ranking the best companies in the United States based on their treatment of LGBT employees.
However, one labor group is calling for the nonprofit to reevaluate the way they do things.
“It doesn’t take the actual lived experiences of workers in the workplaces into consideration at all when giving these corporations rankings,” said Jerame Davis, the executive director of Pride at Work.
When you pull up Google and type in “fired for being,” the first item that comes up is “gay.”
The numbers are sobering when it comes to discrimination of LGBT people in the workplace: in 29 states, including Florida, it is legal to fire someone based on their sexual orientation. In 32 states, including Florida, it is legal to fire someone based on their gender identity.
“People are always surprised when they hear that,” Jerame Davis said. “It seems antithetical to basic American values on the one hand, and on the other hand, people are surprised that it’s not already law.”