Blog Posts from December 2013
With the end of DOMA and with marriage equality in all six New England states, it comes as a shock to some married same-sex couples that some employers who permit different-sex spouses to enroll on the company’s health plan can still deny that benefit to a same-sex spouse. GLAD is very interested in hearing from same-sex married couples where an employer is discriminating against same-sex spouses by only providing health plan coverage to different-sex spouses. If you have experienced discrimination or have questions about this or any other LGBTQ/HIV-related legal issue, contact GLAD Answers by email or live chat at www.GLADAnswers.org or by phone at 800-455-GLAD (4523).
GLAD is part of the Massachusetts Transgender Equal Rights Coalition and the coalition is asking people who support the Equal Access Bill to send holiday cards to legislators containing pro-trans and pro-Equal Access Bill messages.
In customer service jobs, the mantra is often “the customer is always right.” But what does a cashier do when a regular customer routinely calls him “fag”? What recourse does a transgender waitress have when she is threatened by someone at one of her tables? Clearly, the customer isn’t ALWAYS right. But legally, the question is not about the customer, it’s about the employer. We know that employers are responsible for the behavior of themselves and those they employ, but are they also responsible when the culprits are customers?