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Senator Collins, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to End Workplace Discrimination
Senator Susan Collins ^ | April 15, 2011 | Senator Susan Collins

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.” ###


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois; US: Iowa; US: Maine; US: Oregon
KEYWORDS: bathroombill; democrats; discrimination; enda; gop; homosexualagenda; jeffmerkley; markkirk; moralabsolutes; nannystate; republicans; rinos; senate; susancollins; tomharkin; workplace

1 posted on 04/18/2011 8:57:22 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Might pass the senate but DOA in House


2 posted on 04/18/2011 8:59:48 PM PDT by freespirited (Truth is the new hate speech. -- Pamela Geller)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

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”.


3 posted on 04/18/2011 9:00:11 PM PDT by ConservativeTeen (Proud Right Wing Extremist)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

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?


4 posted on 04/18/2011 9:00:46 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

They’d better call the White House and concentrate on creating jobs first.

More B S.


5 posted on 04/18/2011 9:01:46 PM PDT by unkus
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

How about ending job discrimination by making all states “right to work”??? Unions discriminate against non-union employees.


6 posted on 04/18/2011 9:02:23 PM PDT by jdsteel (I like the way the words "Palin for President" make progressives apoplectic.)
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To: 3D-JOY; abner; Abundy; AGreatPer; Albion Wilde; AliVeritas; alisasny; ALlRightAllTheTime; ...

PING!


7 posted on 04/18/2011 9:02:45 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Follow me on Twitter @mpetrie98)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

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.


8 posted on 04/18/2011 9:04:52 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (Palin '12 begins in '11. In western New Hampshire pour moi.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Doesn’t end “discrimination,” it imposes requirements at the point of a gun.


9 posted on 04/18/2011 9:05:25 PM PDT by fwdude (The world is sleeping in the dark that the Church just can't fight, 'cause it's asleep in the light.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“LGBT people” will be able to sleep on the job all day then claim discrimination when they get fired!


10 posted on 04/18/2011 9:08:25 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Greece really needs to buy this state and all it’s idiots.


11 posted on 04/18/2011 9:08:39 PM PDT by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

You mean they are going to
start hiring white hetero males?


12 posted on 04/18/2011 9:09:18 PM PDT by Jo Nuvark (Those who bless Israel will be blessed, those who curse Israel will be cursed. Gen 12:3)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Thought there was something odd about Kirk.

If by "odd" you mean queer, you'd be right.

13 posted on 04/18/2011 9:10:27 PM PDT by Graybeard58
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I’m more worried that it’s going to be a coast-to-coast “bathroom bill” for the workplace.


14 posted on 04/18/2011 9:10:35 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Follow me on Twitter @mpetrie98)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
At least the band on the deck of Titantic had the good grace to spark off with "Nearer My God to Thee" when the cold water finally reached their instruments.

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.

15 posted on 04/18/2011 9:14:07 PM PDT by Prospero (non est ad astra mollis e terris via)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Don’t we already have freaking laws for that, for crying out loud?


16 posted on 04/18/2011 9:17:59 PM PDT by RowdyFFC (.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

This is gonna hurt the NBA and NFL when women want to work/play.


17 posted on 04/18/2011 9:21:12 PM PDT by AGreatPer (Voting for the crazy conservative gave us Ronald Reagan....Ann Coulter)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

They’re going to take down those nasty discriminatory “men” and “women” signs?


18 posted on 04/18/2011 9:23:46 PM PDT by Ronin ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves" -- Bertrand de Jouve)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

idiocy


19 posted on 04/18/2011 9:27:25 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Glad to see these enterprising Sens concentrating on something REALLY needful, instead of defunding EPA, Planned Baby Killing(PPH), cutting the deficit, eliminating waste in Medicare/Medicaid, defunding Obamacare, drilling in ANWR, the gulf, Dakotas and everywhere else we can, telling the UN to take a hike and earn its own spending money, closing the borders, booting Holder for dereliction of duty and overt racism--and that's just for starters.

If you hear a primordial scream tonight, its just me venting.

vaudine

20 posted on 04/18/2011 9:32:12 PM PDT by vaudine
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

***GET-HER-OUT-OF-OFFICE-ALERT***


21 posted on 04/18/2011 9:33:43 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Mark Kirk is perhaps the most disgusting RINO of all time.


22 posted on 04/18/2011 9:34:41 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Governor Sarah Heath Palin for President of the United States in 2012)
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To: jdsteel
How about ending job discrimination by making all states “right to work”??? Unions discriminate against non-union employees.

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.


23 posted on 04/18/2011 9:35:21 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: re_nortex

As always, special rights for some, but not for all ...


24 posted on 04/18/2011 9:37:41 PM PDT by LibsRJerks
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I hear the sound of the pitter patter of little feet as business owners run to other countries.


25 posted on 04/18/2011 9:39:33 PM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: LibsRJerks
As always, special rights for some, but not for all...

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.

26 posted on 04/18/2011 9:52:06 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

These nanny-statist boobs need to STFU until they get the spending under control.


27 posted on 04/18/2011 10:47:09 PM PDT by WOSG (Carpe Diem)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Wanna avoid a layoff? Just notify your employer that you are a faggot or dyke, and then they know they will be risking a "sexual orientation discrimination" lawsuit if they get rid of you.

Some are protected by the 14th Amendment, but straight white heterosexuals are not!

28 posted on 04/19/2011 2:40:23 AM PDT by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

NONSENSE.
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?


29 posted on 04/19/2011 4:40:40 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Just emailed the Senator.
Can no longer stand by and allow our Nation and society to be dragged further into the pit.......


30 posted on 04/19/2011 4:59:53 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

DISCRIMINATION WORKS..........
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.


31 posted on 04/19/2011 5:03:36 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA
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To: Prospero

YOU... have a way with words, my FRiend!


32 posted on 04/19/2011 10:34:40 AM PDT by Jo Nuvark (Those who bless Israel will be blessed, those who curse Israel will be cursed. Gen 12:3)
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To: Eric Blair 2084; paltz; SheLion; Gabz; Hank Kerchief; 383rr; libertarian27; traviskicks; ...

LGBTQ Nanny State PING!


33 posted on 04/19/2011 12:56:00 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Follow me on Twitter @mpetrie98)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

How can anybody miss leftist politics when they won’t go away?


34 posted on 04/19/2011 1:01:19 PM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (If leftist legislation that's already in place really can't be ended by non-leftists, then what?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Senator Collins, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to End Workplace Discrimination

Didn't we do that already?

35 posted on 04/19/2011 1:13:03 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Jo Nuvark

**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!!!


36 posted on 04/19/2011 2:11:59 PM PDT by gwilhelm56 (islam ... church of the Perpetually Offended!)
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To: RowdyFFC
"Don’t we already have freaking laws for that, for crying out loud?"

I had to go to school for this crap 25 years ago.

All these people want is more, more, more, more.

37 posted on 04/19/2011 4:09:07 PM PDT by AGreatPer (Voting for the crazy conservative gave us Ronald Reagan....Ann Coulter)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Will Sweet Sue finally come out of the closet?


38 posted on 04/19/2011 5:39:04 PM PDT by metesky (My retirement fund is holding steady @ $.05 a can.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Thanks for the ping!


39 posted on 04/19/2011 8:36:34 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: gwilhelm56

It’s tragic the way idiot women can’t see how
their whiney agenda has hurt their own sons.


40 posted on 04/19/2011 9:53:31 PM PDT by Jo Nuvark (Those who bless Israel will be blessed, those who curse Israel will be cursed. Gen 12:3)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“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.


41 posted on 04/20/2011 7:45:51 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the "Dave Ramsey Fan" ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: CSM
“Our legislation affirms the principle that individuals should be judged solely on their skills and abilities,” said Senator Collins.”

GREAT!

No more Affirmative Action. No more racial set asides.< /sarcasm >

42 posted on 04/20/2011 9:13:57 AM PDT by N. Theknow (A gun in the hand, beats a cop on the phone.)
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