It’s not OK to discriminate against gays at work

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It's not ok to fire someone for being gay. But it's still legal under federal law.

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It's outrageous that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people can still be fired from their jobs just because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Americans broadly support these protections, so now is the time to pass ENDA. Sign on as a co-sponsor now.

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Dear 5849376,

End workplace discrimination: Pass ENDA.

Elections matter, and the most recent election provided ample evidence that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is no longer a successful wedge issue. But real discrimination still exists.

The "Employment Non-Discrimination Act" (ENDA) -- which could help put an end to this discrimination -- has just been introduced, with bipartisan support, by Senator Jeff Merkley and Representative Jared Polis. Now is the time to pass it.

Tell your legislators, Rep. Latham and Sen. Grassley: Sign on as a co-sponsor of ENDA. Click here to sign this petition automatically.

Employers in over 20 states can still fire any employee on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Not only is that incredible, but it's also totally out of touch with American public opinion, almost 90% of whom believe that gays and lesbians should have equal rights when it comes to employment opportunities.1

And lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people still face an extraordinarily high rate of discrimination and job loss -- particularly at the lower end of the pay scale.2 Just last month, 10-year principal of North Gresham Elementary School, Tom Klansnic, was fired from a school in Oregon after having come out as gay. 3

This type of bigotry is not only outrageous, but it's also bad for employers and employees who suffer when qualified workers are denied jobs. But no federal law protects workers from being discriminated against because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and state laws are a confusing patchwork that are difficult to enforce with state agencies.

Ask Rep. Latham and Sen. Grassley to help end workplace discrimination by signing on as a co-sponsor of ENDA. Click here to sign automatically.

Protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers have broad support from people across the political spectrum, and even among many House and Senate members. More gay and lesbian legislators were elected in the recent election than ever before, and ENDA is being introduced with bipartisan cosponsors, which is always a good sign of momentum.

This bill has been introduced in every session of Congress since the 1990s, but this time it could actually pass. Some Republican legislators who have previously opposed bills on equality issues may even vote for these ENDA, considering the lessons of the 2012 election. The bill could even have enough votes to withstand a filibuster in the Senate.

Now is the time to pass ENDA and ensure that all Americans are ensured the same opportunity to jobs, regardless of their sexual orientation.

Tell Representative Tom Latham and Senator Chuck Grassley to get on the record about the Employee Non-Discrimination Act and become a co-sponsor today. Click the link below to sign automatically:

Thank you for standing up against discrimination.

Jordan Krueger, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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Learn more about this campaign

1. "Gay and Lesbian Rights." Gallup.
2. [PDF] Brad Sears, Christy Mallory, "Documented Evidence of Employment Discrimination & Its Effects on LGBT People." The Williams Institute, July 2011.
3. Sunnivie Brydum, "ENDA Re-Introduced As Oregon Principal Loses Job for Being Gay." The Advocate, April 25, 2013.

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