“Kimya has a master’s degree in social work and nearly two decades of experience in the field. She was the manager of a unit of a long-term care facility for sufferers of Alzheimer’s and dementia. She enjoyed her job, and was good at it, but suffered through nearly a year of threatening messages, vandalism to her car and slurs uttered in the halls. In 2003, she was fired, her supervisors telling her, "This would not be happening if you were not a lesbian." Kimya sought out legal help, but quickly learned that nothing in Michigan law protected her from being fired because of her sexual orientation.”
Kimya though an example of horrible abuse, is not the only gay or lesbian man or woman to suffer discrimination in the workplace The U.S. this Monday on November 4th, is going to vote on a bill to end discrimination against gays and lesbians in the U.S. by employers. If you a Wisconsinite like me, you can be rest assured that U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin will be voting for this bill.
But the other Wisconsin U.S. Senator, Ron Johnson, is not likely to vote for it, unless you take action. Of the 55 co-sponsors of this bill, 51 are Democrats and only two are Republicans. Sadly, this is no surprise. The GOP is still beholden to anti-gay intolerance for the most part.
If from Wisconsin or not, please contact your U.S. Senator and urge his or her support . Also don't forget to call them, especially Ron Johnson at Phone: (202) 224-5323 and urge his support for the bill. The U.S. Senate contact page and all the senators phone numbers is linked here.