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Which States Have Employment Protection Laws for Gays and Lesbians?

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Question: Which States Have Employment Protection Laws for Gays and Lesbians?
There is no Federal Employment non-discrimination act, but some states protect gay, lesbian bisexual and transgender employees. What states have ENDAs?
Answer: Fifteen states plus the District of Columbian (DC) have laws that protect against discrimination due to sexual orientation and gender identity. They are:
  • Minnesota
  • Rhode Island
  • New Mexico
  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois
  • Maine
  • Hawaii
  • New Jersey
  • Washington
  • Iowa
  • Oregon
  • Vermont
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Nevada

Six states have laws that protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation but NOT gender identity:

  • Wisconsin
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • Maryland
  • New York
  • Delaware

Source: National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, updated 9/5/11

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