Letter: All have right to be treated fairly

As a mother, a straight ally and the president of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) of Greater Baton Rouge, I am writing to ask the members of the House Labor and Industrial Relationa Committee to stop House Bill 402 which is discriminatory and would allow harassment and discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the workplace.

With the introduction of this bill, Rep. Alan Seabaugh, R-Shreveport, makes it clear that he doesn’t care if LGBT citizens are ever discriminated against by employers. If passed, HB402 would prevent LGBT people from ever seeking judicial protection if they’re refused hire, denied promotion, or fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

In Louisiana, nothing in the law explicitly protects LGBT people from employment discrimination. Under this bill, any lawsuit alleging wrongful termination based on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity would be automatically be dismissed as “frivolous,” ensuring that all employers are free to discriminate without fear of civil action.

On behalf of PFLAG Greater Baton Rouge, I am asking the committee members to please make the right decision and vote against Seabaugh’s HB402. The Legislature should not make it harder for anyone in Louisiana to keep a decent job and seek fair treatment at work.

This is America — “One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Carol Frazier, president

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Greater Baton Rouge Chapter

Baton Rouge