This will be the first law that protects gays in the workplace in Cuba. Mariela Castro, the daughter of the current Cuban president, Raul Castro, even requested additional language that would prohibit discrimination based on gender identity, HIV status, or disability.
Some critics warn that the gay rights included are merely a mask to distract from the language that was removed from the original proposal protecting anti-Castro employees. The original proposal would have also protected employees who were political dissidents of the current regime, but that language has since been removed.
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