House Bill Announced Today To Ban Workplace Discrimination Based On Gender Or Sexual Orientation

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Linda Paris, (202) 675-2312; media@dcaclu.org 

House Bill Announced Today To Ban Workplace Discrimination Based On Gender Or Sexual Orientation

ENDA Bill Would Be First-Ever Federal Law Of Its Kind

WASHINGTON - Representative
Barney Frank (D-MA) announced the introduction of a bill today that
would make workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and
gender identity illegal. As a long time defender of the civil rights
and civil liberties of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)
people, the American Civil Liberties Union urges Congress to pass the
Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). If the group of bipartisan
co-sponsors, including the Chairmen of the Judiciary and Education and
Labor Committees successfully pass this legislation, it would become
the first-ever ban on employment discrimination of LBGT people.

LBGT
people are frequently discriminated against in hiring, firing,
promotion and compensation decisions. Unjust discrimination against gay
and effeminate men as well as lesbians and masculine women is common in
the workplace.
 
The following can be attributed to Christopher Anders, ACLU Senior Legislative Counsel:
 
“If
passed, ENDA would promote workplace equality for everyone by expanding
protections for sexual orientation and gender identity. Employment
discrimination hurts not just families, but also the economy by
creating hostile workplaces and reducing the earning power of LGBT
people.
 
“The
introduction of the first-ever federal legislation banning employment
discrimination of LBGT people is a fitting tribute to the 40th anniversary of the historic Stonewall riots - the birth of the gay rights movement.”
 
For an ACLU report about workplace discrimination of LBGT people, go to Working in the Shadows: Ending Employment Discrimination for LGBT Americans.
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