Discrimination in the workplace is, unfortunately, not a new topic. Employee discrimination has existed in many forms, in many fields of work, and in many communities and nations. Employees have been victims of discrimination on the basis, of race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, age, religious affiliations, and even weight. In the United States, many of these issues were addressed in the 20th century; some successfully while others not so successfully.

One form of discrimination not previously mentioned is discrimination based on sexual orientation. The acceptance of homosexuality and bisexuality is still a growing phenomenon in the United States. The latest Pew Research Center Report claims that 66 percent of people polled said that they do NOT believe school teachers should be fired for being gay. This is up considerably from the 1987 poll that found only 42 percent agreeing with that statement. This is progress, but in comparison to issues such as race or gender, there is still a significant level of support FOR discrimination based on sexual orientation. Many states currently do not have laws on the books banning discrimination based on sexual orientation, and there is no Federal law banning such discrimination in civil service jobs (though some argue that this is indeed implied).

This website has been created in order to provide information and resources for those interested in learning about sexual orientation-based discrimination and in learning how to prevent such discrimination from taking place. Each section of this site will delve into a specific facet of this immensely complex issue, from general definitions of sexuality to specific court cases involving accusations of such discrimination. The final section will present some recommendations for ensuring good employment practices in terms of creating an environment in which workers of various sexual orientations can thrive.