Gay Employees Can Be Fired by Companies in 29 States Over Orientation
Black Enterprise Magazine January-March 2019 Issue

be newsIn 29 states it’s legal to fire an employee for being gay, according to CNN.

While on a national level many Americans have evolved on the issue of same-sex marriage, in many states like Mississippi, Oklahoma and Alabama, gay Americans are not protected under laws that prevent discrimination of their orientation.

Federal laws protect workers from being discriminated against because of their sex, race, religion, national origin, age and disability — but not sexual orientation or gender identity. It’s technically legal for employers in these 29 states to place job ads that read, “Gays need not apply,” according to legal experts.

Gerren Keith Gaynor (@MrGerrenalist) is a freelance journalist based in New York City. He has been published in the New York Times, ESSENCE magazine,, New York Amsterdam News, and Gaynor received his master degree in Journalism from Columbia University and his bachelor's in English from Morehouse College.