Employment Non-Discrimination Act introduced
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Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA).
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Quotes from today’s introduction of the bipartisan Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the House:
“This is a protection against discrimination that has been tried in a number of states, beginning in Wisconsin more than 20 years ago, and it has worked extremely well. It has caused none of the problems that opponents inaccurately claimed it would and it has provided job protection for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people who ask simply to be allowed do their jobs and be judged on their job performance.”
— Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass
“This legislation is first and foremost about fairness – about allowing all Americans to pursue their right to earn a living. Workplace discrimination of any kind is wrong, period – yet, in 33 states, it is legal to fire an employee based solely on the basis of his or her sexual orientation.”
— Rep. Deborah Pryce, R-Ohio
“Twenty-five years ago, my own state of Wisconsin was the first in the nation to add sexual orientation to anti-discrimination statutes. Since then, 16 states have done the same. We call on Congress now to set a new and higher standard. With the support of the House leadership and members of both parties, I am hopeful that this Congress will close this loophole in existing law and pass a truly comprehensive and inclusive bill to outlaw employment discrimination.”
— Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc.
“In my judgment, this is common-sense legislation. Working men and women should be judged on the basis of their performance at work. They should not have to fear being fired because of their sexual orientation.”
— Rep. Chris Shays, R-Conn.
“My question for you today is, how could you consider not passing this bill if it will help to protect the citizens of this country from discrimination and ensure that all enjoy the right to work, to earn a living, to provide for themselves and their families and to realize their full God-given potential. I know something about this because, as a black man in America, I have experienced firsthand the injustice of being discriminated against not because of what I could do, but simply because of who I was. Consequently, I made up my mind a long time ago that I would never intentionally oppress others in the manner in which I myself have been oppressed.”
— Rev. Dr. Dennis Wiley of Covenant Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.
“We are a nation predicated on equality, and over the years, we have embraced an increasingly broader and more inclusive vision of what that means. By passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, our country will simply be adding another proud chapter to the amazing American story of opportunity.”
— HRC President Joe Solmonese
Pictures from the event are here.
See the corporations that support ENDA after the flip.
Here are the corporations that are backing ENDA, united as the Business Coalition for Workplace Fairness (via HRC):
* Bausch & Lomb Inc., Rochester, NY
* Clear Channel Communications Inc., San Antonio, TX
* Charles Schwab & Co., San Francisco, CA
* Cisco Systems Inc., San Jose, CA
* Citigroup, New York, NY
* The Coca-Cola Company, Atlanta, GA
* Corning Inc., Corning, NY
* Gap Inc., San Francisco, CA
* General Mills Inc., Minneapolis, MN
* GlaxoSmithKline, Philadelphia, PA
* Hewlett-Packard Co., Palo Alto, CA
* HSBC – North America, Prospect Heights, IL
* Levi Strauss & Co., San Francisco, CA
* Microsoft Corp., Redmond, WA
* Nationwide, Columbus, OH
* NCR Corp., Dayton, OH
* Nike Inc., Beaverton, OR
* Replacements Ltd., McLeansville, NC
* Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP, Minneapolis, MN
* Qualcomm Inc., San Diego, CA