Dallas, Texas (WiredPRNews.com) — The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (“ENDA”) is a federal bill that, if passed into law, would make it illegal for an employer to fire, refuse to hire, or refuse to promote an employee based upon the employee’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The House of Representatives passed ENDA in 2007, and it is awaiting introduction to the Senate. It must pass the Senate before it can be signed into law by the President.
ENDA would apply to public and private employers, employment agencies and labor unions. It would not apply to religious organizations, employers with fewer than fifteen employees, or the armed forces. ENDA’s procedures and remedies are similar to those currently available under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (which protects employees from discrimination based upon race, religion, sex, and/or national origin) and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Proponents believe ENDA would encourage employers to make employment decisions based upon an employee’s qualifications and performance, without considering irrelevant factors. Opponents believe ENDA raises conflicts between gay rights and religious freedom. Some opponents argue that discrimination protection should not be extended to a class of people who make a “lifestyle choice” regarding sexual preference.
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