I'm a big believer in voting with our dollars. Many businesses do more than just provide a product or service. Some donate money to political candidates or to various causes; for instance, A-1 Self Storage, a California-based company, recently donated a great deal of money to the campaign to make gay marriage illegal in California. Companies also provide a working environment for their employees, and this may be a welcoming, inclusive environment, or it may be an environment in which gay employees experience discrimination or must fear for their jobs. Companies may offer health insurance benefits to same-sex couples or they may reserve those benefits for heterosexual couples only. The choices made by companies affect not only their customers and employees, but society as a whole.
As employees, as consumers and customers, we get a say. We vote with our dollars. We can choose to support companies that support equality for all people and let those that do not support equality know that we will not be giving them our money.
Keep in mind that while federal law prohibits discrimination in the workplace on the basis of race, religion, age and disability, federal law does not protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination. In some isolated areas of the country, state or local laws offer some protection. In most places, however, companies can fire gay employees just because of their sexual orientation, or their perceived sexual orientation; companies can have written policies like that of Cracker Barrel, which states that, "It is inconsistent with our concept and values, and is perceived to be inconsistent with those of our customer base, to continue to employ individuals in our operating units whose sexual preferences fail to demonstrate normal heterosexual values." We can use our buying power, though, to encourage companies to treat all employees fairly even if not required by federal law.
List of Companies with Anti-Gay Policies:
A-1 Self Storage
Babies R Us
Toys R Us
Human Rights Campaign Foundation. http://www.aglbical.org/HRC%20Buyer%20Guide.pdf. Buyer's Guide.
Pink Panthers. http://pinkpanthers.tumblr.com/post/618605551/boycott-these-anti-gay-companies-do-not-give-them-your. Boycott These Anti Gay Companies.
The Blaze. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/is-chick-fil-a-really-anti-gay-business-takes-heat-for-christian-values/. Is Chick-Fil-A Really Anti-Gay?
Published by Kelly Morris
I am a former social worker and in that capacity, worked with teens and their families to address issues like domestic violence and school violence. I now make my living as a freelance writer. My work has... View profile
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