On April 3, 2012, 72 U.S. House members submitted a letter to President Obama, asking him to officially institute federal non-discrimination protections for LGBT people in the workplace.
“This order would extend important workplace protections to millions of Americans, while at the same time laying the groundwork for Congressional passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a goal that we share with you,” says the letter, drafted by Rep Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and signed by Rep Lois Capps (D-CA) and retiring Rep Barney Frank (D-Mass).
The letter goes on to cite that “43 percent of LGB people and 90 percent of transgender people have experienced workplace discrimination” and “that approximately three out of four likely 2012 voters support protecting LGBT individuals from workplace discrimination.”
Read the letter in its entirety here.
Out & Equal commends the 72 members of Congress that are doing such important work to help this country move towards total equality in the workplace. And, by citing that the 25 largest federal contractors, and the majority of the 50 largest corporations in America, have already adopted these policies helps make the case that it is time for a non-discrimination act for LGBT federal contractors.
“For the last 16 years, corporations have worked with Out & Equal to make a difference in the workplace for LGBT employees,” says Pat Baillie, Associate Director of Training & Professional Development at Out & Equal. “This executive order is the next step in creating a work place where everyone can find safety and success on the job. We still need the force of law that ENDA will create, but this an important step!”