The Senate makes history by approving legislation that would prevent workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identification. The historic decision was made on November 7. New York and 22 other states have legislations that protect individuals from gender and sexual orientation discrimination.
54 Democrats and 10 Republicans voted in favor of the bill. Republican John McCain and Orrin Hatch of Utah were part of the group who agreed with the vote. This is not the first vote of approval these two individuals have made. In 1996, the voted for an anti-discrimination legislation.
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act is the first major bill that protects the rights of gay citizens in three years. Previously in 2010, Congress repealed the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” bill that banned gay men and women from openly serving in the military.
If the bill becomes a law, employers, labor unions, and employment agencies would be prohibited from using gender identification and/or sexual orientation as a standard for deciding employment, promotions, and compensation. The law would exempt religious institutions and the military.
Other supporters of the ENDA include President Obama, majority of Democratic legislators, some Republicans, and a number of Fortune 500 companies.
Current laws prohibit discrimination against color, race, gender, religion, national origin, and sex. Federal law does not currently consider issues of gay, bisexual, and transgender discrimination. At The Perecman Firm, we believe that everyone should feel comfortable in the work force and should not be judged on gender identification and sexual orientation.
If you or your loved one were discriminated in the workplace, you should demand justice. Our New York civil rights attorneys have years of experience helping individuals who were mistreated based on private matters. To seek compensation and to stand up to prejudice, call us today. We will stand by you and ensure you receive the justice you deserve!