Last week, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which would allow businesses, governments, and even first responders to discriminate against the LGBTQ community and other minority groups on religious grounds.
UNITE HERE Local 23 applauds a revised bill that was announced this morning and will be carefully monitoring policies that affect workers in Indiana. We stand with the labor movement and the business community in calling on Governor Mike Pence to repeal this statute and pass workplace protections for all working people in Indiana.
Our membership is diverse. We are predominantly women and people of color, and we hail from all corners of the planet. We have different gender identities and sexual orientations. Together, we are building a movement to enable people of all backgrounds to achieve greater equality and opportunity. A law like this is discriminative and we stand firmly against it.
Amanda Tompkins, a UNITE HERE food service member and shop steward at Chartwells IUPUI says: “As a Christian gay female, I am angry with the way that RFRA is perceiving God. My loving God is being labeled as hateful and discriminating. The thought that I could be denied services due to my sexual orientation breaks my heart and leaves me in fear.”