Senators call for executive order for Employment Non-Discrimination Act

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37 United States Senators sent a letter to President Obama on February 14 urging him to issue an executive order protecting LGBT people form employment discrimination through the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). 

In an initiative led by Jeff Merkley (pictured), highlights of the letter include:

We are committed to enacting legislation to protect all Americans. In the meantime, you are in a position to protect millions of American workers immediately by including sexual orientation and gender identity alongside long-standing anti-discrimination protections…

From our perspective, ENDA’s premise is simple: it would make federal law reflect the basic principle that AMericans should be judged on their skills and abilities in the workplace, and not on irrelevant factors such as their sexual orientation or gender identity…

Corporate America continues to demonstrate that creating a level playing field for LGBT workers is a best business practice… 

Of course, making this important change is also a matter of basic fairness…By expanding protections for LGBT employees of federal contracts, you would be helping to ensure that all Americans get an equal opportunity to succeed and that federal taxpayer dollars are used to support companies with the best employment practices… 

We appreciate your leadership on ENDA and the many other steps your Administration has taken to ensure the LGBT population receives the same protections and opportunities that all Americans deserve as their birthright. 

Read the full letter here. 

The letter is signed by Merkley, Tom Harkin, Patty Murray, Christopher Coons, Jeanne Shaheen, Mazie Hirono, Sheldon Whitehouse, Richard Blumenthal, Ron Wyden, Patrick Leahy, Barbara Boxer, Tom Udall, Al Franken, Dianne Feinstein, Claire Mccaskill, Tammy Baldwin, Martin Heinrich, Kirsten Gillibrand, Carl Levin, Elizabeth Warren, Frank Lautenberg, Amy Klobuchar, Barbara Mikulski, Sherrod Brown, William Cowan, Mark Udall, Richard Durbin, Bernard Sanders, Charles Schumer, Brian Schatz, Mark Begich, Mark Warner, Debbie Stabenow, Benjamin Cardin, Jack Reed, Robert Casey, and Robert Menendez.

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