Skip to comments.Senator Collins, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to End Workplace Discrimination
Posted on 04/18/2011 8:57:19 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
WASHINGTON, D.C. -
U.S. Senator Susan Collins, along with her colleagues Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Mark Kirk (R-IL), and Tom Harkin (D-IA), have introduced the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to finally prohibit job discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Senator Collins has long been a strong supporter of this legislation.
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2011 would prohibit employers, employment agencies, labor organizations and joint labor-management committees 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.
Our legislation affirms the principle that individuals should be judged solely on their skills and abilities, said Senator Collins. Similar to the current law in several states, including Maine, and the policies of many Fortune 500 companies, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act would close an important gap in federal civil rights laws by making it illegal to discriminate in employment based on sexual orientation. 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.
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act has been endorsed by national civil rights organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the ACLU, labor organizations and more than 75 Fortune 500 companies.
In today's economy job security is important to all Americans, especially LGBT people who can be fired for no other reason than their sexual orientation or gender identity," said HRC President Joe Solmonese. "Passing ENDA is essential to ensuring that all Americans have an equal opportunity to work and contribute to this country's economy. I commend Senators Merkley, Kirk, Harkin and Collins for their leadership and commitment to ENDA. ###
Might pass the senate but DOA in House
I am getting really tired of these big government RINOs. Collins and Kirk should just be honest with themselves change the “R” after their name to a “D”.
Thought there was something odd about Kirk.
Do these politicians live on planet earth, where they would know it’s going to mean open season on normal people for the in-your-facers?
They’d better call the White House and concentrate on creating jobs first.
More B S.
How about ending job discrimination by making all states “right to work”??? Unions discriminate against non-union employees.
we should interpret this to mean Collins is seeking the DEM nomination for her seat in 2014. An opportunity for the right conservative.
Why not start a committee now? no need to wait until ‘13.
Doesn’t end “discrimination,” it imposes requirements at the point of a gun.
“LGBT people” will be able to sleep on the job all day then claim discrimination when they get fired!
Greece really needs to buy this state and all it’s idiots.
You mean they are going to
start hiring white hetero males?
If by "odd" you mean queer, you'd be right.
I’m more worried that it’s going to be a coast-to-coast “bathroom bill” for the workplace.
What good is an opposition Party that depends on the likes of clueless people like Collins?
At some point, sooner rather than later, apparently, we're going to have to admit one fundamental reason for the unqualified success of Democrats is their feeble opposition.
If the Republican Party were even half the institution it should be the Democrat Socialists wouldn't have gotten this far.
Susan Collins is the very definition of RINO, in person. That's her picture in the Urban dictionary, no words are necessary.
Organizing a lemonade stand for the Donner Party.
Don’t we already have freaking laws for that, for crying out loud?
This is gonna hurt the NBA and NFL when women want to work/play.
They’re going to take down those nasty discriminatory “men” and “women” signs?
If you hear a primordial scream tonight, its just me venting.
Mark Kirk is perhaps the most disgusting RINO of all time.
That's an excellent point. Well done and bravo!
Forced unionism is the current day slavery with tribute being needlessly paid through coercion to DemonRAT causes.
And for those who haven't seen my occasionally-posted pair of maps, compare and contrast those states where workers have liberty, enjoy true freedom and vote for the Palin ticket against those under the thumb of union thugs who opted for the current, one term _resident.
As always, special rights for some, but not for all ...
I hear the sound of the pitter patter of little feet as business owners run to other countries.
Bill Levitt, the innovative builder (ex-Navy SeaBee) behind affordable suburban housing, summed unions up well with these statements:
Unions exist for the protection of the slowest and least efficient worker.
All men are created equal but all men are not equal. Some are more talented and some compensate for their lack of talent by working harder. As for those neither talented nor hardworking, that's where unions come in.
These nanny-statist boobs need to STFU until they get the spending under control.
Some are protected by the 14th Amendment, but straight white heterosexuals are not!
What gives you the right to force an American to work with or to hire a pervert?
Will you force schools to hire known or admitted pedophiles?
If not why not?
What makes one perversion better then the other?
Just emailed the Senator.
Can no longer stand by and allow our Nation and society to be dragged further into the pit.......
Do we hire a drunk to fly an airplane?
Do we hire a know rapist to work in a school?
The list is endless.....
We discriminate everyday for a reason.
YOU... have a way with words, my FRiend!
LGBTQ Nanny State PING!
How can anybody miss leftist politics when they won’t go away?
Didn't we do that already?
**You mean they are going to
start hiring white hetero males?**
Never ...Whenever I see EEOC, diversity, or Equal Opportunity Employer ... means...
White Males NEED NOT APPLY!!!
I had to go to school for this crap 25 years ago.
All these people want is more, more, more, more.
Will Sweet Sue finally come out of the closet?
Thanks for the ping!
It’s tragic the way idiot women can’t see how
their whiney agenda has hurt their own sons.
“Our legislation affirms the principle that individuals should be judged solely on their skills and abilities, said Senator Collins.”
Unless of course it has to do with partaking in a legal activity that happens to be considered unfavorable by the elitist machine.
No more Affirmative Action. No more racial set asides.< /sarcasm >