We can make workplace discrimination illegal

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merkleyinsidesourceThis week, history will be made. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), authored and championed by Oregon’s own U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, would finally make it illegal for employers to fire workers based solely on their sexual orientation.

The bill has been gathering steam, and now ENDA will be heading for a floor vote this week. If you want to see history being made, tune into CSPAN later this week— and follow us on Facebook for up-to-the-minute updates: facebook.com/ouroregon.

Sign the petition showing that you support this critical bill and thanking Sen. Merkley for standing up for this basic issue of fairness.

This bill should be a no-brainer. No one should be fired for who they are or who they love. ENDA is a matter of fundamental fairness. Discrimination has no place in American workplaces.

More than two thirds of Americans—including a majority of Republicans—support a national law to end LGBT discrimination in the workplace. ENDA simply ensures that LGBT Americans get the same anti-discrimination protections that already exist on the basis of sex, race, religion and national origin.

Go here to sign the petition thanking Sen. Merkley for his leadership on this important issue.

More info on ENDA:

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 would prohibit employers from firing, refusing to hire, or discriminating against those employed or seeking employment, on the basis of their perceived or actual sexual orientation or gender identity.  Such protections are already in place prohibiting discrimination based on race, religion, gender, national origin, age, and disability.

More than 85 percent of Fortune 500 companies already extend workplace protections based on sexual orientation and more than one-third on the basis of gender identity. In Oregon, workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation was made illegal with the Oregon Equality Act of 2007, which passed while Sen. Merkley was the Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives.

In July, ENDA was reported out of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee in a bipartisan vote.

Sen. Merkley has been getting a great deal of national attention for his leadership on the ENDA bill. To get a glimpse of it, check out this clip from the Huffington Post.

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