Gay US Congressman re-introduces workplace discrimination bill

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A Congressman in the United States has introduced an “inclusive” Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to the House of Representatives.

The proposed legislation has bi-partisan support as well as the backing off all three out members of Congress: Barney Frank, the bill’s sponsor, Jared Polis and Tammy Baldwin.

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act would address discrimination in the workplace by making it illegal to fire, refuse to hire or refuse to promote an employee based on the person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

A previous attempt to introduce it two years ago ended in acrimony when the provisions to protect trans people were dropped in an attempt to make the bill more appealing to members of Congress.

“Just like our friends, neighbors and coworkers, LGBT Americans work hard, provide for our families and contribute to our nation’s economy,” said Joe Solmonese, president of gay rights organisation Human Rights Campaign.

“We all share the challenges of today’s economic downturn, but our community also faces arbitrary discrimination in the workplace, simply because of who we are and who we love.

“Congress must pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and ensure that all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity, get a fair chance to succeed at work.”