Senate Scheduled to Consider LGBT Employment Discrimination Law
Senator Harry Reid, D-Nev., recently announced plans to submit the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to the Senate for a vote within the next few weeks. Though an earlier version of ENDA was passed in 2007, transgender people were not included as a protected class.
Employers are generally prohibited from firing or refusing to hire people based on a protected status, including race, religion, gender, national origin, age and disability. Like other laws which prohibit discrimination based on a protected status, the new ENDA would extend protection to gays, lesbians, transsexuals and transgender people.
In absence of federal employment anti-discrimination legislation, 22 states have passed their own anti-discrimination laws.
The updated ENDA was approved by a 15-7 committee vote in July, but it is not certain whether Reid's bill has enough support to get the 60 votes needed to clear procedural hurdles in the Senate.
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