CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Imagine this employee evaluation:
Amazing Productivity -- Check
Always Courteous -- Check
Team Player -- Check
Exceeds Expectations -- Check
Happens to be Gay -- Fired!
This is not fair. This is not acceptable. And it's no way to treat any worker. However, it is perfectly legal in West Virginia to fire someone solely because they are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered (LGBT).
This means these honest, hard-working West Virginians can be fired from their jobs regardless of job performance or ability. It means they can be fired even if they show up on time every day and give their all. It means they can be fired regardless of their work ethic or dedication to their employer. It means they can be fired just for being who they are.
This kind of discrimination happens in West Virginia everyday. Recently, Sam Hall, a coal miner in Kanawha County, faced anti-gay insults and threats on his life while on the job; and Jessica Hudson, a highly qualified non-profit administrator, was fired because of false fear and discrimination against lesbians. Sam and Jessica and the rest of the 40,000 LGBT West Virginian workers, want to be judged by their ability and job performance, not by who they love.