Missouri legislators need to vote yes on inclusive nondiscrimination legislation that is introduced. Legislators that are already familiar with the issue of employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity need to provide information to fellow legislators for a bill to be passed. It is time to do what is right for Missouri, to provide protections to all its citizens.
What You Can Do
All this talk about laws and legal protections can be overwhelming to the average citizen. You are probably thinking that this seems to big of an issue for you to do anything. Well, you can do something, anything from big to small. Let’s take a look at some of the ways in which you can help starting with the small.
Small ways does not imply small impact. You can become an ally to LGBT coworkers. Becoming an ally means that you show support for and listen to your LGBT coworkers. Also, when you hear someone at work use derogatory language or tell jokes about LGBT persons, you can speak up and let them know that it is not okay with you. These “small” ways help to create a safe environment for everyone and lets your company know that you care about equality in your workplace.
As a Missouri citizen, you have every right to become informed about the issues surrounding employment discrimination and to then voice your concerns to your elected officials. You
can start out by finding out exactly who your Missouri State Representative and State Senator are. Then you can either send them an email discussing your concerns or you can even call them at their office. A short call just letting them know that you are one of their constituents and that you have a concern makes a big impact in the fight for equality.
Find Your Legislators
Here are steps to finding your legislators.
- Click on the Government tab.
- Look for Popular Services.
- Click on Find Your Legislator.
- Enter your street address and city.
I hope my blog has informed you about some of the issues LGBT employees face at work and the much needed protections needed in Missouri.
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