Achieving LGBT Equality Through Litigation, Legislation, Policy, and Public Education

Summary & History

Employment

Legislation: Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)

STATUS: Pending, Federal

NCLR is strongly committed to passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would provide federal protections against employment discrimination for LGBT employees.

Without explicit federal protections from employment discrimination, LGBT employees face significant job discrimination and live in fear of being fired just because of who they are. Right now, in 29 states, people can be fired because of their sexual orientation. In 34 states, people can be fired just because of their gender identity.

ENDA would federally prohibit discrimination based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity in all workplaces with more than 15 employees. This summer, ENDA was passed of committee in the Senate, and it will proceed to the full Senate for a vote this fall.

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