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Employment Discrimination based on Gender to End Soon

Senate HouseFinally, after languishing in Congress for long years, the Employment Non-discrimination Act (ENDA) is soon to reach the senate floor.

According to the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the Senate will consider legislation, which would illegalize employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, in the coming weeks.

For years, Sen. Reid has been a supporter of ENDA. In fact, he is a co-sponsor of the same along with other lawmakers.

Also, in the beginning of the second half of this year, ENDA received a remarkable approval from the Senate Committee on Help, Education, Labor and Pensions.

Apparently, this is the second time that ENDA would reach the senate floor after it first passed the house by 234-184 vote in November, 2007.

ENDA was first introduced in Congress in 1994 by Rep. Jared Polis and Sen. Jeff Merkley. Since then, although it has gotten some votes, it never passed the senate floor.

So far, 53 active senators including several Republicans support the bill.

Although many believe that there is no need for such legislation since the federal government has already existing laws that prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of race, gender, religion, national origin, age and disability to LGBT employees, others supporters of the bill argue that the existing law does not extend to discrimination on the basis of sexual identity and gender preferences.

Meanwhile, advocates of the bill in Los Angeles are quite pleased that the full senate is finally considering its legislation. Also, an employment lawyer speculates that backers of the bill could most probably pass the senate floor this time since it has gained much support it needed in the long run.

 

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