NON-DISCRIMINATION

Today’s posting is a news flash and nothing more.  On Wednesday, September 23, 2009, U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-CA), chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, chaired the first full committee hearing in the House of Representatives on legislation to prohibit employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (H.R. 3017), introduced by Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), would prohibit employment discrimination, preferential treatment, and retaliation on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity by employers with 15 or more employees. Currently, it is legal to discriminate in the workplace based on sexual orientation in 29 states and in 38 states based on gender identity.”  See http://edlabor.house.gov/hearings/2009/09/hr-3017-employment-non-discrim.shtml

 

Witnesses before the House included, among others, Rep. Barney Frank, the Bill’s sponsor, Stuart Ishimaru, Acting Chairman of the EEOC, Vandy Beth Glenn, a former employee of the state of Georgia who alleges she was fired from her job after she told her supervisor she was transitioning from being a man to being a woman, various legal professionals and representatives of religious organizations. 

 

You can get links to a video of Representative Frank’s testimony and pdfs of the other witnesses testimony at the committee website listed above.

 

The full House is expected to vote on the Bill later this year with the Senate taking up its version sometime next year.

 

We will keep you posted.