26 April 2007

Deborah Pryce Introduces Non-Discrimination Legislation

Ohio's Deborah Pryce (R-OH 15th) is one of four House members to introduce H.R. 2015, ENDA, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2007. The Act amends current law to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Some states have passed legislation prohibiting such discrimination but there is no law at the federal level.

According to the Gay People's Chronicle,

Currently, it is legal to fire, or fail to promote, someone because of their sexual orientation in 33 states, including Ohio, and their gender identity in 42 states, also including Ohio.

ENDA would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the existing federal law prohibiting employment discrimination by race, religion, color and national origin. The bill exempts members of the armed forces, veterans groups and religious organizations.

Joining Pryce are Chris Shays (R-CT), Barney Franks (D-MA) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI).

Read the bill text here.

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