What It’s Really Like to Lose Your Job Because of Who You LoveBy Claire Caldwell • September 16, 2015 • 4:32 pm
After nearly 31 years of work with an agency, and only one year until retirement, Connie Galloway was fired. With a long-standing record of excellent performance and recognition from the Board of Directors, the CEO had recently promoted her. But when he left the agency, the incoming CEO, who was described as hostile and abusive, abruptly terminated her. Her former boss recounts:
Clearly the individual who was the interim [CEO] at the time had a bias against Connie and I’m certain that some of it was related to being gay.
So it was that Connie found herself – right before Christmas – cleaning out her office.
In Georgia, there is no law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation. It is still legal to fire someone for who they are or who they love.
Georgia Unites Against Discrimination is the campaign to bring together business leaders, lawmakers, faith leaders, and community members in support of legislation that would update the state’s existent non-discrimination law to include protections for gay and transgender people.
At the end of the day, everyone has to make a living and all hardworking Americans deserve to feel financially secure once they retire. Without statewide protections in Georgia, Connie’s security was cut short.
Watch her story below. To learn more about Georgia Unites Against Discrimination click here.