Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Senate Moves ENDA Forward


ENDA is moving forward in the Senate. This is the first time the Senate has taken on LGBT employment discrimination in almost 20 years. Currently only 17 states & the District of Columbia prohibit discrimination based on gender identity & sexual orientation while an additional 4 prohibit employment discrimination based only on sexual orientation. According to recent polls more than two-thirds of Americans including 56% of Republicans support a federal law protecting LGBT people from discrimination in the workplace. Additionally non-discrimination policies based on sexual orientation & gender identity are already in effect at a majority of our nation’s largest companies. Congressman Mark Pocan (WI), co-chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus stated, “When someone in the United States goes to work afraid they could be fired merely because of who they are, we are not living up to our ideals of equality before the law. Today the Senate sent a clear message that in this country you should be judged on the work you do, not on who you love. The Employee Non-Discrimination Act is bipartisan, commonsense legislation that ensures all Americans have the opportunity to thrive & succeed in the workplace, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity. I urge the House to follow the lead of the Senate, a majority of Fortune 500 companies & the American people & ensure our workplaces are free from discrimination of any kind.”
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