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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Elizabeth Warren On ENDA: ‘The American People Are Giving Congress Too Much Credit’ [Video]

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) passed the U.S. Senate 64-32 on Thursday but it will likely not even get a vote in the House during this Congress.

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) rose to the floor of the Senate on Wednesday to make a statement. She pointed out that most Americans believe that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans are already protected from being fired under the law, even though doing just that is legal in a majority of states:

Unfortunately, however, this is one of the rare instances where the American people are giving Congress way too much credit, because the truth is – we haven’t acted yet. And the consequences of congressional inaction remain all too real for millions of LGBT Americans.

Despite the successful efforts in many states to pass non-discrimination measures, Americans living in over half the country can still be discriminated against in the workplace based on sexual orientation or gender identity. And it happens. Between 15 percent and 43 percent of LGBT individuals have reported experiencing discrimination or harassment in the workplace.

A quarter of transgender Americans have reported being fired from a job due to their gender identity, and a whopping 90 percent have reported experiencing harassment and mistreatment. There’s been a lot of progress toward a more inclusive nation, but for LGBT workers, a law to stop employment discrimination can’t come fast enough.

Elizabeth Warren on ENDA

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  • Kittens&Politics

    That’s muh gurl!!!!

  • sigrid28

    If all Americans were intent on treating people with disabilities fairly there would be no need for the American with Disabilities Act. After twenty-five years of testing this out, I can tell you that there had to be a law because otherwise people with disabilities would never have made the strides they have in all areas of life since it was passed. The issue is about fairness, but it is also about the ability to make progress. Without that law, people with disabilities would have languished in schools and workplaces where they were pigeonholed by well-meaning “able-ists” who decided they had done enough for others and the rest belonged to them. Laws are needed to shove that complacency aside. Furthermore, the existence of the ADA allows those with disabilities to advocate for themselves, which is one of the keys to allowing them to have full lives and contribute just like anyone else.

    So it will be, for the LGBT community, when fairness is the law of the land and progress can no longer be denied them with impunity.

  • candideinnc

    In the states that currently have state laws prohibiting discrimination against LGBT people, there is evidence that there are miniscule numbers of lawsuits filed against employers on these grounds. The argument that ENDA will create a burden on employers because of frivolous lawsuits is laughable. Frankly, (straight) juries tend to view such suits with suspicion, and lawyers will only represent claims in these cases when the evidence supporting claims of discrimination is overwhelming. The fact is that the only reasons the House will fight this law is because it does not want to let the Obama administration have ANY successful legislative victories, and because the Republicans are spiteful about gays, whom they rightly see as their political enemy. Of course, the gays are their political enemy because the Republicans support homophobic bigotry.

  • Richard Holmes

    Faggots propping up faggots.

  • George Allegro

    Since our minds develop along with the culture in which we grow up, we tend to be ignorant of the unseen history of the customs we practice.