Right now, legislators in the Senate are holding a hearing on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in a hearing before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Watch the hearing live online right now.
This critical legislation would fill a significant gap in employment law, adding protection for American workers from discrimination by employers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The momentum for passing an inclusive non-discrimination bill has been building, and now Congress needs to hear from the American people that ENDA is necessary and long overdue.
The time for action is now. Without strong support from Americans across all demographics, ENDA could continue to languish in Congress, as it has since 1994. Every day that ENDA is not law, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are at risk for losing their jobs based on something that has nothing to do with their job performance. Right now, Congress must hear from every one of us!
Tell Congress to get their act together. Currently, only twelve states, the District of Columbia, and about 100 localities have non-discrimination protections that protect LGBT workers. Many U.S. corporations and small businesses alike already have workplace non-discrimination policies in place and support ENDA.
Stand up for fairness. No American who wants to work should be denied the opportunity based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. LGBT employees work just as hard and contribute just as much as other workers. Discrimination against LGBT Americans isn’t right and we can help put an end to it.
Equality is up to you. Our legislators must feel the pressure from their constituents to act quickly and send ENDA to the President’s desk, where it will become law. Contact your Representative and Senators to let them know that you support ENDA and you want them to support it, too. President Obama and ENDA’s co-sponsors have demonstrated that workplace fairness is a priority for them. Make sure that your elected officials know that it’s a priority for you, too.