Boxer Calls for End to Workplace Discrimination Against LGBT Americans
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) spoke in support of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would protect Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Americans from being discriminated against in the workplace.
“Every American should have the right to earn a living and provide for his or her family without fearing discrimination in the workplace because of who they are or whom they love,” Senator Boxer said on the Senate floor. |
Americans in the LGBT community need ENDA. Studies report that between 15 and 43 percent of LGBT people have experienced discrimination or harassment in the workplace as a result of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
The American people overwhelmingly support ending this type of workplace discrimination – including 56 percent of Republicans –and 80 percent of Americans assume that it is already law. The measure has strong support from the business community, and most Fortune 500 companies already have policies in place to prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Senator Boxer said, “This bill is about basic fairness and the Golden Rule: treat others as you would like to be treated.”