ENDA Community Meeting, March 17, 2014

ENDA Community Meeting, March 17, 2014

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6:00pm – 7:30pm, March 17 at Affirmations Community Center, 290 W. 9 Mile Road, Ferndale.

The purpose of this Community Meeting is to discuss the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and what we can do as residents of Michigan to do our part in making sure it passes the US House of Representatives.

Americans from all walks of life share the basic value that no one – including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people – should face discrimination in the workplace. There is currently no clear federal law barring workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, but in the coming months Congress can pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). This bill would provide nationwide employment protections for LGBT people.

ENDA would AmericansWorkplaceOpp_STATS-300x150-1provide basic protections against workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity – ensuring no one can be denied employment or a promotion, or fired, simply for being gay or transgender. ENDA exempts small businesses, religious organizations, and the military. It would mean that all people are judged solely on their merits.

There are no state laws protecting LGBT Americans against bias based on sexual orientation in 29 states, and gender identity in 33. While nine out of ten AmericansWorkplaceOpp_STATS-300x150-2Americans mistakenly believe federal law already protects LGBT people from workplace discrimination, available data paints a different picture. Studies show as many as 43 percent of LGBT, and 90 percent of transgender employees, say they’ve experienced workplace discrimination. Yet only 5 percent have reported it because there are so few protections against anti-LGBT discrimination – and because they rightly fear repercussions.

AmericansWorkplaceOpp_STATS-300x150-3Poll after poll shows that Americans from all walks of life support ENDA, with nearly 80 percent voicing support for LGBT workplace protections.

Americans for Workplace Opportunity is ensuring that lawmakers in Washington hear from the millions of Americans from all walks of life who support LGBT workplace protections.  We completed a successful Senate campaign last year that generatedBTLWeddingExpo_144x360 more than 47,000 constituent contacts, and now are working to generate similar bipartisan support in the House.

Americans for Workplace Opportunity is led by a diverse, bipartisan steering committee of 11 organizations representing millions of Americans who support ENDA. The steering committee members are the American Civil Liberties Union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal HowesLocationEmployees, the American Federation of Teachers, the American Unity Fund, Communications Workers of America, the Human Rights Campaign, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Log Cabin Republicans, the National Center for Transgender Equality, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, and the Service Employees International Union.

Dozens of organizations have gone on the record supporting ENDA. Last year, more than 80 groups signed on to a letter via the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights calling on Members of Congress to act on ENDA. The Americans for Workplace Opportunity campaign is in support of coalition efforts.

For more information visit http://www.workplaceopportunity.org/.

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