October 3, 2013 in Washington, D.C. Americans from across the country will convene on Capitol Hill to make the bipartisan case for ENDA, which would protect gay and transgender employees from job discrimination. Currently, in a majority of states, there are no state laws prohibiting an employer from firing or refusing to hire someone simply because he or she is gay or transgender.
“Americans believe all hardworking employees should be judged on their talents and job performance – not on their sexual orientation or gender identity,” said Matt McTighe, Americans for Workplace Opportunity campaign manager. “Lobby day will serve as a powerful reminder that the Golden Rule applies in the workplace: everyone should be treated the same – and everyone has to put food on the table. There is significant momentum – including from Fortune 500 companies and supermajorities of Republicans – to pass ENDA this year.”
ENDA would simply add sexual orientation and gender identity to existing employment protections like those for race, religion, gender and disability. Nearly 80 percent of Americans would support such protections – including 70 percent of Republicans, 77 percent of observant Christians and 72 percent of Deep South residents.
Shockingly, nine in ten Americans mistakenly believe workplace protections for gay and transgender employees already exist.
More than 100 major businesses have spoken out in favor of ENDA, including General Mills, Bank of America, GlaxoSmithKline, Google, Groupon, MillerCoors Brewing, Time Warner and US Airways. A full list is available here.
ENDA passed out of a key Senate committee earlier this summer by a 15-7 bipartisan vote – with support from Republican Senators Mark Kirk (Ill.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Orrin Hatch (Utah). Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said he wants to bring the bill to the floor this fall.
For those not able to come to Washington in-person, Americans for Workplace Opportunity will be facilitating a national call-in day that will directly connect constituents to their lawmakers’ offices. More on the broad support and growing momentum to pass ENDA is available at www.workplaceopportunity.org