McAuliffe Wants to Repeal Discrimination in the Workplace

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Governor Bob McDonnell and governor-elect Terry McAuliffe will be holding a joint press conference in Richmond Thursday, where the two are expected to talk about the transition that's going to happen.

McAuliffe will also be detailing what his first goal will be once he takes office.

He said discrimination must stop in the workplace against gays, and when he takes over, he's going to put a ban on it.

According to a local lawyer, the way the law currently is in Virginia, a person can be fired because he or she is gay; the ban Terry McAuliffe wants to repeal.

According to the lawyer, companies and businesses in Virginia can have certain standards when hiring people, which can allow them to bar gays from being hired. The lawyer does say this is a very risky thing to do, and business know better than to do that when hiring.

Stephanie Painter, who used to head BC Allies, a student group at Bridgewater College dedicated to promoting tolerance of sexual orientation, said McAuliffe's plan puts the focus on an issue sometimes overlooked.

"There's so much push towards marriage equality, the final stance in the gay rights movement. But then, there's so many states where you can still be fired for being gay. It's kind of interesting that we still have workplace discrimination in the 21st century, but it's definitely getting there," said Painter

As a result of this proposed ban on gay discrimination, in the future, if someone can prove a business or company fired them because they are gay, that group could end up being hit with penalties or sanctions.


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