Rep. Allen West has a record of headline-making remarks, and on Thursday, in an interview with ThinkProgress, West again made comments that some may find offensive and inaccurate. LGBT discrimination in the workplace, he said, isn’t a problem in this country; it’s not a big issue with small businesses.
ThinkProgress’ Scott Keyes asked, What about something like a law that say that it’s illegal to hire or fire people because they’re gay?” West responded, “That don’t happen out here in the United States of America.”
Asked for clarification, he said, “Well, I don’t see that as being a big issue with small businesses. I sit on the Small Business Committee. You know what they’re concerned about? They’re concerned about onerous tax policy, regulatory policy, and lack of access to capital because Dodd-Frank is absolutely decimating small community banks.”
In publishing the comments from West, ThinkProgress noted a Human Rights Campaign page that maps 29 states where it is legal to fire someone based on sexual orientation. The piece further added, “Between eight and 17 percent of gay and transgender workers have been fired or not hired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity; that rate more than doubles for gay and transgender people who have experienced workplace discrimination.”
Take a look at the West’s comments:
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