From 2013 to 2014, while Angie Alexander was working as the lead front desk associate at a health clinic, she was constantly harassed by other coworkers and managers, who teased her for being married to a woman, Cynthia. Every day, she was forced to face uncomfortable comments, gossip, rumors, and even unwanted flyers left on her car – all because of her sexual orientation. Despite reporting these incidents multiple times to several managers and her exemplary performance, no actions were ever taken to help stop the discrimination and harassment she endured.
One day, the manager wrote Angie up for bringing her cell phone to work—even though staffers routinely used their personal devices on the job. The manager ended up admitting that they were pressured from higher-ups to find a reason to write Angie up on the job. Angie, believing that her managers were attempting to fire her on a non-LGBTQ pretext, filed a complaint with the state Civil Rights Commission, only to find out LGBTQ people weren’t explicitly protected. She left her job shortly after, forced out because of discrimination. Angie and Cynthia live together in Indiana, where they are raising a young child. “Just like everyone else, we’re human beings,” Angie said. “We have excellent job performance and we should be able to use our skills and work like anyone else without fear.”