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What States Can You Be Fired for Being Gay?

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Question: What States Can You Be Fired for Being Gay?
It is still legal in many states in the United States for an employer to fire someone based on their real or perceived sexual orientation. There is no federal law that protects gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees from being fired.
Answer: The following 29 states have no laws to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender employees from being fired for their real or perceived sexual orientation. That means, technically someone can be fired in these states for being gay. Even though there are no state-wide laws in these places, some local cities and towns do have protections, so if you feel like you've been a victim of discrimination, it is always a good idea to talk to a lawyer. Also, many companies have their own non-discrimination policies as well.

States You can Be Fired for Being Gay

  • Idaho
  • Utah
  • Arizona
  • Montana
  • Wyoming
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Nebraska
  • Kansas
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas
  • Alaska
  • Missouri
  • Arkansas
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Indiana
  • Ohio
  • Kentucky
  • Tennessee
  • Mississippi
  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • South Carolina
  • North Carolina
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Pennsylvania
Source: National Gay and Lesbian Task Force: Updated 9/5/11
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