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Sexual Discrimination in Employment
Sexual discrimination manifests itself at work when an employertreats his workers or job applicants less favorably or differently,based on their sexual orientation or their gender. It can also beobserved if a person is associated with a group of people or anorganization which is oriented to a particular sexual behavior(Solotoff et al, 212). It is a common phenomenon in the work places.Employers should be prohibited against any discrimination based onsexual orientation when they are hiring or firing. This should alsoapply when promoting or classifying jobs at their workplaces. Thebenefits or any compensation should be awarded equally without anydiscrimination (Solotoff et al, 154).
There is no any clear reason as to why people should bediscriminated based on their sexual orientation. One thing thatshould be emphasized, however, is the difference between gender andsexual orientation. There are those jobs that might not be done orare appropriate for one of the genders. Sexual orientation is totallya different thing. It reflects the sexual behavior of an individual.
The argument by Gary Glenn who is with American Family Associationin Michigan that gay people are not qualified to work in a Catholicschool is misplaced. This is because what matters in such a case iswhat the employee does or how he behaves in a work place. However,there should be concerted efforts to make sure that a higherpercentage of politicians join other stakeholders in making sure thatdiscrimination against the LGBT people is prohibited. In addition,the corporate and private policies should be amended to protect thestate or federal law. This should consequently help in seekingredress in law courts for those who are subjected to these kinds ofdiscrimination.
Solotoff, Lawrence, and Henry S. Kramer. Sex Discrimination andSexual Harassment in the Workplace. New York, N.Y. (345 Park Ave.South, New York 10010: Law Journal Seminars-Press, 2007.Print.