Your Rights Against Workplace Discrimination and Harrassment FAQ
Can I be fired because I'm gay?
5. Can I be fired because I'm gay?
It depends on which state you work in, believe it or not. Currently, federal law doesn't protect employees from discrimination based on their sexual orientation (although legislation that would create this protection is introduced in every session). But about half the states and the District of Columbia do protect employees from sexual orientation discrimination, as do many local (city and county) governments. For more information, see Nolo's article Sexual Orientation Discrimination: Your Rights.