FERNDALE (WWJ) – Businesses and organizations known to be friendly to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community are putting out the “help wanted” sign.

About two dozen companies — including Metlife, Merrill Lynch, GM, Chrysler and Comerica Bank — have signed on to participate in what organizers are calling the first ever LGBT Midwest Job Expo.

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Mark McMillian, with the advocacy group Affirmations, said the hope is to provide job seekers an open, safe environment to look for a job without fear of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

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McMillian stressed the event’s importance, saying there is no legal protection in Michigan for the LGBT population regarding discrimination in the workplace — meaning they can be passed over for a job, and even fired, for their sexual orientation, without any legal recourse.

The LGBT Midwest Job Expo will take place on Thursday, June 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the community center location in downtown Ferndale.

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For more information call 248-398-7105 or visit www.GoAffirmations.org.