- April 14, 2014
Post submitted by Jenna Raspanti, HRC Workplace Equality Program Coordinator
Johnson & Johnson has signed onto the Business Coalition for Workplace Fairness, joining the ranks of more than 100 of America’s major employers that have pledged corporate support for passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).
"Johnson & Johnson strongly believes in the principles of fairness and non-discrimination," said Anthony Carter, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at Johnson & Johnson. "We are proud to partner with HRC and other leading U.S. companies in support of passing this important piece of legislation, which exemplifies our values in diversity, inclusion, and treating all employees with respect," added Carter.
Longtime champion for corporate equality, Johnson & Johnson has scored a 100 on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index for nine consecutive years, the national benchmark on best practices and policies related to LGBT workplace inclusion.
"We are proud to count Johnson & Johnson among the dozens of major businesses that publicly support passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act," said Deena Fidas, Director of HRC’s Workplace Equality Program.
If passed, ENDA would ensure baseline workplace protections for employees on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Without these protections, LGBT people in the majority of states across America could face legal employment discrimination in decisions related to hiring, firing, and promotion practices.
ENDA is closely modeled on existing civil rights legislation, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which currently protects employees on the basis of race, religion, national origin, disability, gender, and age. The majority of Americans across virtually all demographics - 70% of Republicans, 77% of Observant Christians, and 72% of residents in the deep south of the U.S – support passing a federal law that equally affords LGBT employees these protections.
For the first time in history, ENDA passed the Senate in November 2013 with a bipartisan vote, but still requires passage through the U.S. House of Representatives to become federal law.
Businesses have long recognized that embracing and promoting equality isn’t just the right thing to do – it’s smart for their bottom line. To date, 91% of Fortune 500 companies have sexual orientation non-discrimination policies and 61% have gender identity non-discrimination policies.
Beyond adopting LGBT-inclusive policies at their own company, Johnson & Johnson demonstrate how corporate America continue meeting ever higher new bars for workplace fairness and exceed them by becoming public policy change agents in the process.
"It’s wonderful that such a household name in consumer brands is now equally associated with such a public commitment to equality for all workers, in addition to earning top marks on the Corporate Equality Index for nine full years," Fidas added. "We thank them for their long-standing commitment to fairness and equality in the workplace."
For more information on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, please visit: www.hrc.org/ENDA.