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While it is certainly illegal to terminate people based on many factors, like race and gender, sexual orientation has not yet caught up with those other factors. Federal law still does not make it illegal to terminate based on sexual orientation, except in federal jobs. Some states and cities have passed their own resolutions to that effect.
South Carolina has made some small progress in this area for the city employees of Columbia and Charleston, but not with private employers. The state attempted to pass a statute that would extend employment protections to the entire state for employers with more than 15 employees, but that statute did not ever leave the judiciary committee.
Regrettably, until the state passes a statute that expressly makes discrimination based on sexual orientation illegal, it remains an unprotected category in your state.
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