Catholics for Equality
Support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act!
Qualified, hardworking Americans are denied job opportunities, fired or otherwise discriminated against just because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). There is no federal law that consistently protects LGBT individuals from employment discrimination; it remains legal in 29 states to discriminate based on sexual orientation, and in 38 states to do so based on gender identity or expression. As a result, LGBT people face serious discrimination in employment, including being fired, being denied a promotion, and experiencing harassment on the job.
A recent survey of over 6,450 transgender and gender non-conforming Americans found that discrimination on the basis of gender identity is pervasive throughout our nation. The study, “Injustice at Every Turn,” further showed the combination of anti-transgender bias and persistent, structural racism to be especially devastating. Most of the transgender people of color surveyed faced not only unemployment, but homeless, and suicide at rates up to 20 times the national average. In today’s society, they are harshly treated as the least of our brethren.
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) would provide basic protections against workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. ENDA simply affords to all Americans basic employment protection from discrimination based on irrational prejudice. The bill is closely modeled on existing civil rights laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The bill explicitly prohibits preferential treatment and quotas and does not permit disparate impact suits. In addition, it exempts small businesses, religious organizations and the military, and does not require that domestic partner benefits be provided to the same-sex partners of employees.
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Catholic Talking Points
Catholic Social Teaching and Scripture
Catholic Constituent Faces of ENDA
In-District Lobbying Materials
The Catholics for Equality Policy Team encourages you to organize pro-equality Catholic in-district lobbying visits with your Members of Congress when they're back home campaigning and meeting with constituents. This is a great opportunity to show your Members of Congress that this issue affects the people they represent, and for you to help them provide talking points for their support. To help you with your meetings, the Catholics for Equality Policy Team has created dowloadable and printable legislative fact sheets on issues being addressed in Congress.