Bill Introduced to Extend Employment Discrimination Protection to GLBTs

April 25, 2007 ( - The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill that would extend protections against employment discrimination to that based on sexual orientation or gender identity, was introduced in the U.S. House on Wednesday.

A news release from Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) National said provisions in ENDA would allow any American who thinks he or she has been discriminated against because of his or her perceived sexual orientation or gender identity to file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and be able to sue their employer for damages if the complaint meets EEOC requirements.

In an effort to encourage passage of the Act, PFLAG has launched a postcard campaign. According to the news release, thousands of postcards saying, “People don’t get fired for being straight. (But they can if they’re gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.) (GLBT) will be sent to congressional representatives.

“Being able to work without fear of punishment simply because of who you are is a basic, common-sense concept. This goes beyond politics to a simple matter of fairness,” said Jody M. Huckaby, PFLAG’s executive director, in the news release.