While many people, groups and organizations continue to work tirelessly to put a stop to discrimination of all kinds, unfortunately there are still many people who have to suffer this kind of treatment. One group of individuals that is often the brunt of this kind of discrimination are gays and lesbians. While many efforts have been made to ensure that gays and lesbians receive the same kinds of civil rights as everyone else, there is still much work to be done. The good news is that many positive strides are being made every day.
One such positive stride was recently made in the U.S. military, as the United States Pentagon announced an important policy change that is designed to better protect gays and lesbians from facing discrimination in the military. According to reports, the Pentagon announced that gays and lesbians who are members of the U.S. military would be able to seek recourse if they experience discrimination. With the policy change, the Defense Department has added sexual orientation to its list of non-discrimination categories, which already includes race, age and religion. That means anyone in the military who is gay or lesbian can now file an equal opportunity complaint if he or she feels discrimination has occurred.
This anti-discriminatory protection had been in place for years for other defense employees, but up until now it did not include gays and lesbians. Despite the change for gays and lesbians the policy change still does not include transgender individuals serving in the military. While many groups are pleased with the Pentagon’s decision to make this policy change, others say that the policy still needs to go further and include transgender service members as well, before it is complete.
It is encouraging to see groups and organizations doing more to prevent discrimination from occurring in all walks of life. Discrimination is a terrible injustice to those who have to go through it. That’s why it’s important for anyone who is subject to discrimination to stand up for his or her rights and seek the help of an experienced discrimination lawyer. At the Law Office of Mitchell A. Kline, we help groups and individuals who are the victims of discrimination. We won’t rest until justice is served. Please contact our office in Chicago if you need respected and reliable legal representation for your discrimination case. We can be reached by clicking here or give us a call at 312-558-1454 to talk to an experienced Chicago discrimination attorney