As detailed in a new story from Slate, a former Trump Organization employee filed a complaint in New Jersey state court about alleged rampant anti-LGBTQ attitudes and treatment during his time of employment at the Trump National Golf Club in 2014. According to the employee, Eleazar Andres, he was attacked and faced physical and verbal abuse on the job, simply for being LGBTQ. After the incident, he complained to his supervisor and others in management, who, according to Andres, did nothing to help him or change the situation. After informing his supervisor that he did not feel safe coming to work, Andres was summarily fired for bringing up the discrimination and violence he faced.
The Trump Organization has received a 0 — the lowest possible score — on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, which is is the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees.
If elected, Trump has promised to appoint judges to the Supreme Court who would overturn the legalization of same-sex marriage. He supports state-sanctioned discrimination against transgender people like North Carolina’s HB2, and counts among his advisors many of the top anti-LGBTQ exporters of hate in the world. Trump has refused to support the Equality Act, which would create explicit federal protections for LGBTQ Americans, including comprehensive workplace protections.
Hillary Clinton has made passing the Equality Act a priority if elected president. The bipartisan Equality Act would provide consistent and explicit anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people across key areas of life, including employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service.
If true, this incident is another example of Trump’s poor leadership. If Trump cannot manage a diverse, modern workforce, he certainly cannot run our country.
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