Last week the Employment and Housing Non-Discrimination Act was introduced in both houses of the West Virginia State Legislature. If passed the bill would expand current protections against discrimination based on race, gender and religion, to include sexual orientation and gender identity and age. The Religious Action Center has partnered with Fairness West Virginia to engage a number of Reform rabbis in the state, including Rabbi James Cohn at Temple Israel in Charleston. Rabbi Cohn joined Reverend Mel Hoover and Reverend Rose Edington in the following Op-Ed, published in the Charleston Gazette on Monday March 10:
Hard work doesn’t discriminate.
We believe, as most West Virginians believe, that citizens in our state should face a level playing field in looking for, and keeping, a job or a house. No one should be fired or denied housing because of the person’s race, color, national origin, sex, age, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic background, HIV/AIDS, military status or political affiliation.