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Friday, November 16, 2007

Hate Crimes and Employment Discrimination

The Democratic Congress has introduced a bill that calls for federal penalties for hate crimes. This bill,
Allows the Attorney General to provide assistance for the criminal investigation of crimes that are considered a felony and are motivated by prejudice based on the perceived or actual race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of the victim.
So what this bill means is that if a guy throws a punch at someone without calling the victim a slur word he will be prosectuted locally, a misdemeanor, but if he calls him a faggot while punching the infractor will have to face federal charges.

A punch is a punch and all should face equal penalties.

I 100% support equal treatment of every citizen under the law. The hate crimes bill undermines that.

In terms of ENDA, I am sympathetic as I have seen so many gay people screwed. But as a business owner I believe that hiring decisions should not be regulated by the federal government.

As a woman in finance, I think our cause has been hurt by prior similar Congressional acts such as the one that forbid employers from asking about pregnancy. Such edict only hurts professional women generally as they are all assumed to be about to be unproductive and cost the company money even if they have no plans to have children. That only hurts the career-focused women who are not planning to have children and tosses them into the group of women who have kids, demand to work part-time and cannot travel.

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