In South Carolina, there are no protections in state or public employment for sexual orientation or gender identity. As an LGBT person, you can be fired, not hired, not promoted or denied service at a business because of who you are or who you love.
Read more on employment discrimination here.
Although the government falls behind in these basic protections, South Carolina’s business community takes the lead and the majority of the state’s top 25 private employers have hiring practices that include sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.
In recent years, as with the nation, the business community has acknowledged that recognizing the LGBT community and providing equal treatment makes economic sense.
South Carolina is home to two LGBT Chambers of Commerce.