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Chris Gosses: Many businesses want non-discrimination laws

I'M writing in response to Monday's article about the non-discrimination bill. Delegate Doug Skaff, D-Kanawha, told Charleston Daily Mail reporter, Zack Harold, that he would be polling his committee to see "if there's interest in running" the non-discrimination bill.

As the owner of Chris Gosses Photography, I can tell him that many in the business community of Kanawha County are interested in seeing an Employment and Housing Non-Discrimination bill pass this year.

As Senate President Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, mentioned, West Virginia's lack of a non-discrimination bill is not good business. The fact is that 96 percent of Fortune 500 companies employ comprehensive policies of non-discrimination.

West Virginia is not competitive in attracting new businesses and keeping highly skilled workers at home without this commonsense update to existing legislation.

My business, Chris Gosses Photography, is one of over 75 businesses in a growing statewide coalition that are committed to passing housing and employment non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation into law.

Major West Virginia employers like Appalachian Power and Frontier Communications are out in front of our group of large and small employers committed to good business.

We recognize that, in addition to sending the right message to the nation that West Virginia is open for business, employees are more loyal and more productive when they are included by their companies.

West Virginia businesses understand this issue and support its passage. It is time for the House to act.

Chris Gosses is the owner of Chris Gosses Photography in Charleston. His business is part of a coalition that publicly supports the Employment and Housing Non-Discrimination Act.


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