Human and civil rights often begin in small and unexpected places. This pattern is further exemplified by the latest developments in the struggle for equal protection in the workplace in Utah.
Despite popular perception there is currently no federal law that prohibits discrimination in the workplace (i.e. firing, failing to hire, demoting or refusing to promote) based on sexual orientation and gender identity. And while a number of states have enacted their own protections, still 29 states have no protection for lesbian, gay and bisexual people and 34 states have no protection for the transgender community.