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Norton Says Historic Senate Passage of Bill to End Workplace Sexual Orientation Discrimination Will Increase Pressure for Progress

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Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), a former chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), hailed the historic Senate passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to ban sexual orientation or gender identity workplace discrimination. The Congresswoman has been a prime supporter of ENDA, which amends Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act barring job discrimination, which she enforced as chair of the EEOC.

"The Senate brought the great 1964 Civil Rights Act into the 21st century today by giving the EEOC jurisdiction over job discrimination against LGBT Americans," said Norton. "I'm particularly pleased that the Senate bill is comprehensive and covers transgender job discrimination. Speaker Boehner often says he lets his caucus work its will, but he is speaker of the whole House. It's time to let the House work its will."

Norton said that ENDA should not be a difficult issue, even in the House. More than two-thirds of the public support barring LGBT job discrimination, and 21 states and the District of Columbia long ago took the leadership in barring workplace LGBT discrimination.


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