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Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)

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Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)
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Did you know in 30 states it's legal to fire someone because they are lesbian or gay; and in 39 states transgender people can be legally fired?

Imagine being let go from your employer, not for poor performance or lack of ability, but because you are LGBT. And in far too many states blatant acts of discrimination are allowed under law.

What is ENDA?

Current federal law protects against employment discrimination based on race, gender, religion, national origin or disability, but not sexual orientation or gender identity.

ENDA (or the Employment Non-Discrimination Act) is a bill currently being lobbied in the federal government that would make it illegal for employers to discriminate against individuals based on sexual orientation or gender identity. This includes firing, refusal to hire or refusal to promote LGBT employees.

What is the status of ENDA?

You can track ENDA (or HR 3017) as it progresses through the Congress.

What states protect LGBT people against discrimination based on sexual orientation? (States with an * also prohibit discrimination based on gender expression and identity)
  • California*
  • Colorado*
  • Connecticut
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois*
  • Iowa*
  • Ohio*
  • Maine*
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota*
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey*
  • New Mexico*
  • New York
  • Rhode Island*
  • Vermont*
  • Washington*
  • Wisconsin
  • District of Columbia*
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