Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Another Reason To Pass ENDA

According to a new report released by the Center for American Progress more than a million LGBT veterans would benefit from civilian workplace protections that ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act) would provide. The report shows why civilian workplace protections are especially important to LGBT service members & veterans who must shoulder the burden of LGBT discrimination in addition to overcoming challenges to employment that veterans face when they return home from war. Winnie Stachelberg, Executive Vice Present for External Affairs at the Center for American Progress stated, “The repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ meant that the brave men & women who volunteer to defend this country no longer have to hide who they love in order to serve the country they love. Unfortunately, the minute a service member & hangs up the uniform, his sexual orientation once again becomes grounds for discrimination, as a majority of states do not have laws prohibiting discrimination against LGBT Americans. It’s unacceptable that we send men & women overseas to defend our values, such as equality, only to deny them these basic freedoms as soon as they return home.” The report highlights some federal government actions to combat service member & veteran unemployment & ways in which these actions fall short for LGBT people. Subsequently, the report reviews the barriers to economic stability experienced by some LGBT workers in the general population & identifies additional challenges facing LGBT service members & veterans specifically. Read Report… 
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