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Senate ENDA Hearing Set for June 12

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee (HELP) is set to consider the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) next month in a June 12 hearing.

HRC has long been calling on the Senate to take up workplace protections for LGBT employees.  Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Robert Casey (D-PA), and Susan Collins (R-ME) wrote to Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Ranking Member Mike Enzi (R-WY) urging the hearing, stating: “ENDA embodies the American ideal of fairness: employees should be judged on their skills and abilities in the workplace, and not on their sexual orientation or gender identity.” 

Earlier today, HRC joined the Senators in publicly calling on Chairman Harkin to hold the hearing.

In a statement announcing the mark-up, Harkin said: “Every American deserves an equal opportunity to earn a good living, judged by their talent, ability and qualifications free from discrimination. Workplace discrimination based on an employee's sexual orientation or gender identity is reprehensible and has no place in our nation.”

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