Former Douche of the Week Rep. Allen West (R-FL), who called TK and once equated sexual orientation with having a preference for a certain ice-cream flavor, said job discrimination isn’t a problem for gay people, in an interview with ThinkProgress.
When asked by writer Scott Keyes what he thought about laws that ban employment bias based on sexual orientation, West answered:“That don’t happen out here in the United States of America… 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.”
As the site rightly points out, 29 states—including West’s precious Florida—allow employees to be fired simply for being gay. (That number jumps to 34 if you include transgender.) And between 8% and 17% of gay and transgender workers have been fired or not hired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Here’s a funny tidbit: In June 2011, West fired an intern for retweeting a gay-friendly Twitter post. Guess actions speak louder than words.