Regardless of what the law is and what the civil rights indicates, the discrimination is still there. I have been employed with the same company for 6 years and not a single soul at work knows that I am a lesbian. I have seen how they treat people depending on their sex. Every single task is very gender specific. I am scared to let them know, I don’t what them to know, I want them to stop.
Friends tell me to just file a harassment complaint or contact our corporate EO representatives. I know that retaliation exists, I have seen it too many times. I love my job and I am passionate about it. I don’t want to lose my job.
I am happy with work not knowing about my personal life. I keep work from home, and vice versa. It keeps my life happy and balanced.
However, what if I marry and have kids? Wouldn’t I have to inform my employer to receive medical benefits, update my W4, and list them as dependents on my life insurance? If so, what does that mean for my future at this company? And why does that have an effect?
I don’t know what to do. These guys at work hit on me everyday. I can only imagine if I came out of the closet at work. I can hear the disgust in their voices already. Either that, or “can I join?” Why are some people so disgusting.
A part of me just doesn’t care. The other part understands that I have financial obligations and this career has many benefits (for straight white people).