According to the Center for American Progress, 9 out of 10 Americans think there is already a federal law protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) employees. However, although the legislation has been in the works for two decades, it has never been enacted. The latest attempt at enacting a federal law that would protect the workplace rights of LGBT employees is the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act is a federal bill that would protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered employees from workplace harassment or firing. It passed in the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions by a vote of 15-7 on July 10, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
“Employees should be judged on their skills and abilities in the workplace, and not their sexual orientation or gender identity,” said Sen. Bob Casey, a Pennsylvania Democrat who is co-sponsoring the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act has 53 co-sponsors in the Senate and 177 in the House. However, even with that kind of support, whether the measure will be enacted or not is still uncertain. Bills similar to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act have been introduced in nearly every Congress since 1994 and so far, none have passed.
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Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob—Los Angeles employment attorneys