Just to recap: the Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlaws discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.
Now with the exception of religion NONE of the things listed are controlled by a person and as my Jewish friends can attest if you are born Jewish you will ALWAYS be considered Jewish no matter if you convert… You are born a certain color, with a certain set of sex organs and in a certain place or to a certain race of people. With the exception of Michael Jackson, people can’t really change their race no matter what Rachel Dolezal says. Sex; while some people have tried to change this YOU ARE what YOU ARE. Vagina means female. Penis means male. Even if you try to get rid of or add to that your DNA will identify you as one or the other- PERIOD!!! Babies have zero control over where they are given birth to, just ask the one that was recently born in a minivan (I can’t unsee that video no matter how hard I try).
Now that it is clear WHAT that law covers, it couldn’t be clearer if it were glass, a federal appeals court in Chicago ruled Tuesday that federal civil rights laws prohibit discrimination on the job against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees. Who knew you could be illiterate and a judge? I thought you had to be able to read to pass the bar exam. Guess not.
Now with that being said, if you are a restaurant owner or private practice doctor and know that gay and bisexual men account for 83% of new HIV diagnoses among males 13 and older, you may want to use caution before hiring a man who is either. Such an employer is liable if the disease is contracted by someone who patronizes their business due to unsafe practices by their employee. I guess they aren’t worried about that in Chicago though.
You choose who you have sex with, unless of course you are raped. Why should a person’s choice protect their employment? If you work with the public and decide to get a pink mohawk, nose ring and swastika tattoo should Walgreen’s be forced to keep you employed? If you are are serving food and decide that bathing and general hygiene is not for you should Cracker Barrel keep giving you a paycheck? If you make poor personal choices why should an employer think you will make good professional ones?
This is a clear overreach by the courts. Now I do not expect many people in Chicago will get up in arms about it, BUT bear in mind the domino effect that happens in these cases. It will eventually be faced in your state. Speak now or forever hold your peace.