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S 2056 - Employment Nondiscrimination Act of 1996 - Key Vote

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Edward Kennedy, Sr. voted Yea (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Bill Failed (Senate) (49-50) - (Key vote)

Title: Employment Nondiscrimination Act of 1996

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that extends the federal protections provided under the Civil Rights Act to sexual orientation.

Highlights:
  • Defines "employer" as an individual or company with 15 or more employees, but such term does not apply to private membership clubs such a those that are tax exempt.
  • Prohibits employers from subjecting an individual to a different standard or treatment on the basis of sexual orientation or otherwise discriminating against an individual on the basis of sexual orientation.
  • Bans employers from giving preferential treatment to an individual on the basis of sexual orientation.
  • Requires employers to post notices concerning this act.
  • Excuses religious organizations or the Armed Forces.
  • Specifically exempts the provision of employee benefits for an individual's domestic partner.
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Employment Nondiscrimination Act of 1996

Sponsors

  • Edward M. 'Ted' Kennedy Sr. (MA - D) (Out Of Office)

Co-sponsors

  • Richard H. Bryan (NV - D) (Out Of Office)
  • James Merrill 'Jim' Jeffords (VT - I) (Out Of Office)
  • Joseph I. 'Joe' Lieberman (CT - I) (Out Of Office)
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