Following an announcement by President Barack Obama that he would sign an Executive Order to ban workplace discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender federal contractors, Congressman Sherman released the following statement:
"Earlier this year, I joined with my colleagues in sending a letter to President Obama urging him to ban federal contractors from engaging in employment discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) Americans by signing an Executive Order.
"I applaud the President's announcement Monday that he will sign an Executive Order to end taxpayer-funded discrimination against LGBT employees.
"This announcement is an important step toward ending discrimination against LGBT employees. However, when implemented, this will only protect employees of federal contractors. In 29 states it is still legal to be fired simply for being gay. That is why I joined with colleagues to introduce the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, known as ENDA, which prohibits all employers from basing employment decisions on sexual orientation or gender identity.
"My colleagues on the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus and I continue to press for a vote in the House on ENDA, which passed in the Senate with bipartisan support earlier this year.
"It is time that Congress acts to reinforce the most basic of protections for all workers regardless of sexual orientation and uphold the American tradition of fairness in the workplace."