Chris Culliver, 49-ers cornerback, stated that he would not welcome a gay teammate into the 49-ers locker room and if any NFL player wanted to come out publicly it would be best to do it 10 years after he finishes his career. Quickly after this discriminatory remark, Culliver worked hard to backpedal. Though it came off his lips, Culliver said, “It was definitely not something that I felt in my heart.’’ It is possible that Culliver’s change of heart came after that talk with Baalke and Harbaugh. The 49ers organization participates in the NFL’s “It Gets Better’’ gay and anti-bullying public service announcement campaign. The sexual discrimination comments most likely embarrassed the organization, especially given the fact San Francisco has a very large and politically active gay population. Full article.
Under United States law, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) does not enforce the protections that prohibit discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation. However, with the recent repeal of the Military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, many Gay and Lesbian Organizations are hopeful that the discrimination based on sexual orientation will be prohibited in all work places. To date, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. Please visit the EEOC’s website for further information: www.eeoc.gov.
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