Today, U.S. Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) helped introduce the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would extend the current workplace protections based on gender, race and religion to sexual orientation and identity. The bill would prohibit employers from firing, refusing to hire or discriminating against an employee or job applicant based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
"These are difficult economic times, and no one should have to fear losing their job or being denied a promotion simply because of who they are," Schneider said. "I have been a strong advocate for marriage equality, but we must understand that equality does not stop at the altar, and I am proud to join my colleagues in support of these fundamental rights."
A vocal and active supporter of LGBT equality, Schneider has cosponsored the Safe Schools Improvement Act, the Student Non-Discrimination Act and the Respect for Marriage Act--all of which aim to include LGBT Americans under the umbrella of protections enjoyed by the vast majority of the public. He also joined his colleagues in sending an amicus brief to the Supreme Court urging it to overturn the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, and to the Illinois General Assembly in support of the state's marriage equality bill.