What you should know about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act
It's a fact that 34 states in our country do not have laws protecting gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender individuals from workplace discrimination. Fortunately, California does prohibit sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination under the Fair Employment and Housing Act. Currently, the only federal law in place protects applicants and employees that apply or work for the federal government. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) would protect LGBT individuals from workplace discrimination.
EDNA has been introduced in Congress every year but one since 1994. It has not received a vote in the Senate since 1996. This week, President Obama endorsed the bill at a White House reception honoring LGBT Pride Month and asked for swift action by Congress.
Facts about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act
- If passed, sexual orientation and gender identity would be added to the list of employment discrimination protections, which now include race, religion, gender, national origin, age and disability.
- Applies to Congress, federal, state and local governments, employment agencies, labor unions, and small business with 15 or more employees.
- Protects against unfair employment decisions such as hiring, firing, promotions, or compensation based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
- Prohibits applying different standards or treatments based on perceived or actual sexual orientation or gender identity.