Below is the Press Released today by Ryan Wilson, Exedcutive Director of SC Equality, followed by their Action Alert where you can sign up to recieve updates on the bill and a link to find your local representatives who need to know you exsist.
It's your turn LGBT of South Carolina, are you here? Are you ready for your day in the sun of equality? Aren't you ready to be free? Then tell them now.
“During three decades of practicing employment law, I have witnessed the tragic consequences when excellent, hard-working employees have been fired simply because they are gay or transgender.” said M. Malissa Burnette, Esq., who is a Certified Specialist in Employment & Labor Law and chair of the board of SC Equality's legislative efforts. “This amendment would give all South Carolinians a fair chance to earn a living without fear of losing their jobs regardless of who they are or who they love,” she continued.
In South Carolina, it's legal to fire someone simply because of who they are or who they love.
But moments ago, I watched as Representative James Smith introduced the Workplace Fairness Act (H4025) in the General Assembly. This important legislation provides critical protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) South Carolinians by making it illegal to fire someone because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
We need your help to ensure that the Workplace Fairness Act is given a fair hearing and a vote in the House. As this bill is introduced, we need our Representatives to hear from an outpouring of supporters.
Click here to send a message to your Representative. Urge them to co-sponsor H4025 with Rep. Smith
|At South Carolina Equality, we know how important this legislation is.|
Far too often, we hear stories from LGBT South Carolinians
who have experienced discrimination at work and have
no access to justice because our laws don't protect us.
Because of these stories, we've made this employment non-discrimination bill
one of our top priorities.
We're going to be investing our energy and resources
into winning support from key lawmakers statewide,
and we'll need your help throughout our campaign.
Growing our list of sponsors is absolutely
critical to starting this campaign off on the right foot.
It only takes a minute to send a message to your legislators,
but it makes a big difference.
Contact your Representative now --
and ask them to sign on as a sponsor of the Workplace Fairness Act.
I'll be honest with you, Sabrina --
passing this bill is not going to be easy.
But I believe that if we build a strong grassroots effort,
we can secure the support we need to win.
Executive Director, SC Equality
P.S. As I stood there with Rep. Smith today, I told the press why H4025 is important:
"All hardworking people in our state should have the chance to earn a living
and provide for themselves
and their families.
Nobody should have to live in fear that they can be legally fired for reasons
that have nothing to do with their job performance."
If you agree, send a message to your Representative now.
South Carolina Equality
PO Box 544
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