on Introduction of Employment Non-Discrimination Act
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement today on the introduction of the bipartisan Employment
Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA):
year, qualified, hard-working Americans are denied jobs because
they are, or are perceived to be, gay, lesbian, or bisexual. Countless
others live in fear of losing their jobs. In 36 states, it is legal
to fire someone who is otherwise qualified simply because he or
she is homosexual.
and potential employees should be judged on their merits, not on
their sexual orientation. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act
would prohibit employers from making decisions about hiring, firing,
promoting or compensating an employee based on sexual orientation.
does not establish 'special rights' as some opponents have claimed.
Rather, it provides the same, basic employment protection that is
already in place to ensure that race, gender, and ethnicity are
not determining factors in employment decisions.
my time in Congress, I have fought for non-discrimination and other
protections for the lesbian, gay, and bisexual community. I remain
committed to equal rights and protections for all people, including
protecting individuals from hate-related crimes and ensuring adoption
rights and domestic partner benefits.
proud to be an original cosponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination
Act. There is a large, bipartisan group of cosponsors that has been
supporting this significant initiative for many years, and I urge
the Republican leadership to bring ENDA to the floor for a vote."