Pressure Increases To Pass ENDA

March 27, 2014

In a call for legislators to pass the Employment Non-discrimination Act (ENDA), Vice President Biden called employers’ ability in some states to fire employees because of their sexuality “barbaric” and “bizarre” during a keynote address at the Human Rights Campaign Gala dinner Saturday.

“Hate can never be defended because it’s a so-called cultural norm,” he said. “I’ve had it up to here with cultural norms.” He called on Congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, which would outlaw discrimination by most private employers against people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

If you believe you have been discriminated against based on your sexual orientation it is critical you consult with an experienced Georgia employment discrimination law firm right away.

If ENDA passes, it would join other anti-discrimination laws such as title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which makes its illegal to discriminate against employees, former employees and applicants for employment on on the basis of gender, race, national origin or religion. Since the passage of Title VII, Congress has passed additional laws to expand the scope of the anti-discrimination laws in order to prohibit other forms of discrimination. The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits disability discrimination, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act protects individuals over the age of 40 from discrimination.

Similarly, (ENDA) would prohibit discrimination in hiring and employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity by employers with at least 15 employees. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is legislation proposed in the United States Congress that would prohibit discrimination in hiring and employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity by employers with at least 15 employees.

These comments come just days after Congress sent a letter to President Obama calling on him to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT workers. President Obama has said that he would prefer that a law be passed outlawing LGBT discrimination, but is now under increasing pressure to pass such an important law via executive order.

Legislators wrote “We are committed to doing all that we can in Congress to get ENDA to your desk this year; however, there is no reason you cannot immediately act by taking this important step.”

As Georgia anti- employment discrimination lawyers, we are committed to promoting workplace equality and eliminating all forms of workplace bias and discrimination. For more information, or if you believe that you have suffered any wrongful employment discrimination, please consult the compassionate workers’ rights attorneys at The Buckley Law Firm, LLC for an immediate consultation.