H.R. 3685: Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)
November 7, 2007
On Wednesday, November 7, 2007 the House considered H.R. 3685: Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). This legislation makes it illegal to discriminate against an employee based on their sexual orientation. It extends the same federal employment protections to gay, lesbian and bisexual workers that are already provided to workers based on race, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability. This bill has been introduced every Congress since 1975 but no action was ever taken on it until this year. It is an important step forward that is long overdue.
Some have expressed concern that H.R. 3685 does not extend protections based on gender identity. This provision was initially included in ENDA, but it became clear that there simply were not enough votes in the House to support it. I support the inclusion of gender identity and would have voted for an amendment adding it to H.R. 3685 if I had the opportunity to do so. Instead, an amendment to include gender identity was offered and withdrawn. Advocates of gender identity will continue working to advance the rights of the transgender community.
I voted YES.
Contact: Alison M. Mills (617) 621-6208
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