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No Relief For Homosexuals in the Workplace

March 31, 1998
By: Melissa Phillips
State Capital Bureau
Gays and lesbians will *NOT* likely see any legal protection extended to them in the workplace from the Missouri legislature.

Melissa Phillips has the story from Jefferson City.

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With just a little more than six weeks left in the session, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on a bill that would make it illegal for employers to discriminate against homosexuals.

Since the measure was pushed back so far into the session, it's unlikely it will be considered before the entire House.

That's frustrating for Darren Efurd, who says he had no where to turn when he was fired for being gay.

Actuality:Darren Efurd
RunTime: 10
OutCue: ...just go on."
Contents: "I've talked to attorneys, I've talked to groups... the EEOC, the ACLU, no one can help you. The only comments I got back from those people were... there's no laws to protect you... just go on."

Opponents argue the measure provides support for individuals who decide their situation by choice.

But Efurd says it's not a choice to be gay, and that he can't change his homosexuality anymore than he could his skin color.

From Jefferson City, this is Melissa Phillips reporting.

Date: March 31, 1998

By: Melissa Phillips

State Capital Bureau A bill to extend protection to homosexuals in the workplace is headed for a dead end in the Missouri legislature.

Melissa Phillips explains why from Jefferson City.

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House Judiciary Committee members are considering a bill that would prevent employers from firing an employee based on their sexual preferences.

But since the hearing for the bill was held so late in the session, it doesn't stand much of a chance of making through the House.

That's disappointing news for Darren Efurd, who was fired shortly after his supervisor learned he was gay.

Actuality:Darren Efurd
RunTime: 08
OutCue: ...working for me."
Contents: "Do you know how it feels to be escorted out of a building and the last thing he says to you when you leave the door is I don't want your kind working for me."
Efurd says, that although nothing can change his situation, he wants to see the laws changed so that no one else will have to experience what he did.

Opponents argue this law could prevent employers from firing workers for good reasons.

From Jefferson City, this is Melissa Phillips reporting.