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Gay Crosthwait Grunfeld, managing partner, left, and associate Marc Shinn-Krantz, right, of Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld. Gay Crosthwait Grunfeld, managing partner, left, and associate Marc Shinn-Krantz, right, of Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld.

Twenty-two states, including California, and the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico, protect both public and private employees from discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation. But in more than half the country, a gay person can get married legally on Saturday, and for doing so be fired legally on Monday, so far as state and local law are concerned. For gay employees in 28 states, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is the only possible protection. Indeed, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) received 1,762 LGBT-based sex discrimination charges in FY 2017, up from 1,100 in FY 2014.

 

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