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can you fire someone because they are gay in any state in am

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can you fire someone because they are gay in any state in america?


Yes, there are no federal laws protecting homosexuals from employment discrimination. Only a minority of States (seventeen states and the District of Columbia) have laws that prohibit sexual orientation discrimination in private employment: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin. In addition, six states have laws prohibiting sexual orientation discrimination in public workplaces only: Colorado, Delaware, Indiana, Michigan, Montana, and Pennsylvania.

In the other States, a few localities have protections for such discrimination, but by and large in the rest of the country, firing a person based on their identification as homosexuals is perfectly legal.

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