Tell Congress to Pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act!
*Note: As Rev. Gaddy was recording this message, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) publicly announced his support for ENDA. We still haven’t hit 60 votes yet so taking action is as important as ever!
While existing federal laws prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, national origin and disability, no federal law exists to protect employees from discrimination on the basis of real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. In 29 states, an individual can be fired, refused a job, demoted or denied a promotion based on his or her sexual orientation, and in 33 states it is legal to do so because of an individual’s gender identity.
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) would protect all Americans from discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Furthermore, claims that ENDA harms religious liberty are misplaced. ENDA broadly exempts from its scope houses of worship as well as religiously affiliated organizations. This exemption – which covers the same religious organizations already exempted from the religious discrimination provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – should ensure that religious freedom concerns do not hinder the passage of this critical legislation.
Please take a moment today to tell your Members of Congress that you care about this issue and urge them to support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). The Capitol Switchboard can be reached at (202) 224-3121, or you can send an e-mail to your Senators and Representative by entering your zip code below.