Jottings By An Employer's Lawyer

Monday, February 23, 2004

GLBT - A View From Inside the Austin Work World

Melissa Gaskill's article in the Austin Business Journal takes a look at what it is like to be gay in the Austin workplace. Or, to be more precise using the new acronym, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered. Although the headline is somewhat negative (Gay, lesbian workers walk fine line at jobs), the general tenor of the article is that Austin is a good place to be. Interesting that there is no mention of the Austin ordinance which prohibits workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation. Since it is somewhat toothless, it may not be a fair comparison to what a modification to Title VII or the TCHRA would do, but it does show that attitude and market forces, not just laws, can be an effective force for change.

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