There is a campaign going on to create awareness about workplace discrimination and to raise funds for legal costs.
People can donate to this cause via an account set up at the crowd funding site Indiegogo, where the campaign is headlined “Article 12 campaign for LGBT workplace equality”, with the summary tagline “Lawrence Wee, represented by lawyer M. Ravi, seeks to get Article 12 of the Constitution to include equal protection for LGBT workers.”
The campaign seeks to raise $30,000, which according to the Indiegogo page is needed for expenses that include “court costs, lawyers’ fees and sundry expenses, as well as the costs of campaigning.”
I first read about it on Yahoo! News Singapore in an article by Nurul Azliah Aripin, who wrote:
A former Robinsons employee seeking constitutional protection against workplace discrimination of homosexual men has launched a campaign to create awareness about the issue and raise funds for legal costs.
Lawrence Bernard Wee Kim San, together with seven other people, launched the campaign “Stop hurting, quit labeling” on Friday evening at the home of film and theatre director Glenn Goei. About 50 people turned up at the event to show their support, including local actors Lim Yu Beng and Neo Swee Lin, and former Singapore Democratic Party member Vincent Wijeysingha.
Ms. Aripin also wrote that Mr. Wee had filed a civil suit against his former employer last December for allegedly harassing him and forcing him to resign because he’s gay. The suit was dismissed on contractual grounds.
That is a horrifying story indeed, to be fired from our jobs just because we are who we are. More details on that are spelt out in this Fridae.asia article. Kudos to the immense courage of Lawrence Wee for standing up for what he believes in not just for himself but for the rest of us.
From the campaign page on Indiegogo:
Concerned that the law is ambiguous, Lawrence is now asking the High Court to judge whether Article 12 of our Constitution, which guarantees all persons equal protection of the law should also apply to people on the basis of their sexuality.
Article 12(2) states that “…there shall be no discrimination against citizens of Singapore on the ground only of religion, race, descent or place of birth in any law…”
Lawrence, who worked at Robinson’s for six years before he was sacked, believes that people should be allowed to prove their worth at work, without fear that an immutable characteristic does not become a millstone around their neck.
- Fridae.asia: Campaign launched to fight LGBT workplace discrimination in Singapore. (18 November 2013)
- YouTube video: Director Glen Goei’s speech at the campaign launch.