Kansas Governor Removes Protection For LGBT Employees.



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On Tuesday February 10, 2015 Kansas State Governor Sam Brownback issued an executive order that removes discrimination protection for gay, lesbian, and transgender state employees. Employees that work for the Kansas state government can now be legally fired, harassed, or denied a job for being gay or transgender. an Executive order by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius which was issued on 2007 gave gay, lesbian, and transgender people anti-discrimination policies which were carried out.

Discrimination for state jobs in Kansas is forbidden for race, color, gender, religion, national origin, ancestry or age. Brownback said that any expansion of such laws for LGBT employees should be done by the Legislature “and not through unilateral action.”

The legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas called Brownback’s move “a sad day for Kansas” and said it was unusual to see a state take away legal protections from gay and lesbian residents rather than add them.

The executive order from Kathleen Sebelius was the only thing in Kansas that gave LBGT people protection, however the new order only removes protection from state agencies, private businesses have their own policies.

I agree with Browback that such laws have to be approved trough Legislation, but instead of issuing an executive order to remove protection, I would have proposed a bill to congress and wait to see if removing a previous order without a new guarantee of protection for LGBT people. I understand that they need protection but by giving them major benefits on present days might be a backlash on future days, which would create inequality in the labor field,  I wouldn’t hire people neither for race, color , gender, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, or LGBT. I would hire the person who can do the job in a fast, and efficient manner.