On August 5, 2009, a bipartisan bill (S. 1584) was introduced in the Senate that would provide employment discrimination protections to individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. This is the first time that a transgender-inclusive version of the bill has been introduced in the Senate. The House introduced an inclusive version of ENDA in June 2009. The bill is called the “Employment Non-Discrimination Act” (ENDA), the bill would extend federal employment laws, which currently prevent employment discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, national origin, age and disability, to also cover sexual orientation and gender identity. ENDA would prohibit employers, employment agencies, labor organizations and joint labor-management committees from firing, refusing to hire, or discriminating against those employed or seeking employment, on the basis of their perceived or actual sexual orientation or gender identity.
All-Inclusive ENDA Introduced in the Senate!