A critically important piece of legislation: ENDA

A critically important piece of legislation: ENDA

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Mr. Carney:
Hi, we wanted to
give you an update on an issue that I
get asked about a lot in the White
House briefing room. It’s called the Employment
Nondiscrimination Act, and the Senate is
discussing this important — critically important piece
of legislation this week. The bill provides strong
federal protections against discrimination, making it explicitly
illegal to fire someone who is gay, lesbian,
bisexual, or transgender. It’s hard to believe,
but only 17 states currently prohibit
discrimination against LGBT Americans. As a result, millions of
Americans across the country go to work every
day afraid and fearful that they might lose their jobs just because of who
they are or who they love. That’s not only unfair;
it’s contrary to the essence of what it means
to be American. It’s contrary to our values. And it’s also bad for business, and that’s why a majority
of Fortune 500 companies support employment
nondiscrimination policies, and so do small businesses, because they know employment
nondiscrimination policies are better for the bottom line because it allows these
companies to attract the best and the brightest
to their businesses. Congress has the opportunity
and the responsibility to act by passing ENDA,
a fully inclusive ENDA. President Obama has expressed
his support for ENDA many times over the years, most recently in an op-ed
in the Huffington Post where he said,
“Who you are or who you love shouldn’t be
a fire-able offense.” So share this message that it’s time to end
workplace discrimination in this country.

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