This week, the LGBT community celebrates the support of over 350 Missouri-based companies ranging from the small business to the Fortune 500 now voicing their support for workplace protections to the Missouri General Assembly. Larger corporations that have voiced support include Thompson Coburn LLP, Bryan Cave LLP, JPMorgan Chase, Monsanto, Pfizer, Husch Blackwell, Pinnacle Entertainment, Penn National Gaming, Polsinellli, the Missouri Bar Association of Saint Louis, and Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.
These companies recognize diversity and inclusiveness not as a program, but as a way that they do business and are adding their collective voices to the clarion call for equality and the passage of the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (MONA).
MONA would extend basic workplace protections for the lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community by adding sexual orientation and gender identity into the Missouri Human Rights Statute, which already protects against workplace discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, and disability.
A brief launched by the Movement Advancement Project this week stated that out of 152,000 LGBT adults in Missouri, 27% are protected by local nondiscrimination ordinances and 73% can be unfairly fired. In further details of the full report, *A Broken Bargain: Discrimination, Fewer Benefits and More Taxes for LGBT Workers, one-third of LGBT workers nationally have been harassed or faced discrimination.
“The business community understands that workplace protections are good for business and good for Missouri,” says A.J. Bockelman, Executive Director for PROMO. “More and more companies are ‘coming out’ in support as momentum builds to pass MONA in Missouri.”
*The issue brief complements the full report, A Broken Bargain: Discrimination, Fewer Benefits, and More Taxes for LGBT Workers, available at www.lgbtmap.org.
*Check out more on businesses that support MONA here: www.MOWorkplaceEquality.com.