Right from the start, employment discrimination on the basis of gender preference and sexual orientation is relatively rampant across the country, and this is evidenced by the records revealed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
In fact, during the 1990s, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals experienced a really dark phase.
Incidentally, in an aim of outspreading equality in the entire nation, the federal government has come up with different legislations that would combat discrimination through the years.
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell – 1993
This law only applied to members of the military and veterans. The legislation mandates service members to keep their sexual orientation or gender preference a secret unless they want to be punished by discharge.
Employment Non-discrimination Act (ENDA) – 1994
This was the year when ENDA, which would ban employment discrimination against gender preferences and sexual orientation in the workplace, was first introduced. The bill failed to pass Congress but until present, supporters of the said legislation are not yet losing hopes. In fact, the bill is always being re-introduced since then following several modifications.
The bill only gained its best chance last November, after it finally passed the Senate floor for the first time in U.S. history.
Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Repealed – 2010
Following this remarkable repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, service members are no longer required to hide their real sexual orientation or gender identity in order to remain in service.
Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) Repealed – 2013
The U.S. Supreme Court has made a historical change after it declared the Section 3 of DOMA as unconstitutional. Meaning, same-sex marriage is now recognized by the federal government.
Unfortunately, despite the federal government’s efforts to push comprehensive laws that would end employment discrimination against LGBT, it is still legal to fire or refuse to hire LGBT individuals on the basis of gender preference or sexual orientation in most states.
Thus, many of the Americans are likewise pushing for a law that would eventually end the workplace inequality. In fact, a recent poll has it that about third-quarters or 72 percent of Americans support anti-gay discrimination laws.