Employment Non-Discrimination


Employment non-discrimination laws protect people from being unfairly discriminated against in the workplace on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. 28 states, primarily located in the South, do not have employment non-discrimination laws that cover sexual orientation or gender identity. The limited data we have on the Black LGBTQ/SGL community shows we live primarily in states where it is legal to fire someone because they are or are percived to be LGBTQ or same-gender loving. In 3 states (North Carolina, Tennessee and Arkansas), state law prohibits local jurisdictions from passing local statues to protect our community. Ensuring that Black LGBTQ/SGL individuals have access to the skills, and acquire the credentials and relationships needed to thrive is critically important to strengthen the Black community as well as our national economy.

Active Legislation before the 115th Congress
  • HR 2282/S 1006 Equality Act

  • HR 3222 Do No Harm Act

Legislation or other Government Actions to Advance Priority
  • Reintroduce the Student Non-Discrimination Act (last introduced in the 114th Congress)

  • Prohibit “Religious Refusal” laws that allow business and other public entities/sectors to discriminate against non-traditional families, LGBTQ/SGL people, people of color, women, religious minorities and people with disabilities on religious grounds