In 29 States It’s Legal to Fire Employees for Being Gay

Lack of legal protection for gay Americans in the workforce.

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be newsIn 29 states it’s legal to fire an employee for being gay, according to CNN.

While on a national level many Americans have evolved on the issue of same-sex marriage, in many states like Mississippi, Oklahoma and Alabama, gay Americans are not protected under laws that prevent discrimination of their orientation.

Federal laws protect workers from being discriminated against because of their sex, race, religion, national origin, age and disability — but not sexual orientation or gender identity. It’s technically legal for employers in these 29 states to place job ads that read, “Gays need not apply,” according to legal experts.