endaTransgender Law Center hails today’s Senate H.E.L.P .Committee’s 15-7 vote approving the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). “Today’s vote is historic,” said Executive Director Masen Davis. “While the EEOC has ruled that workplace discrimination based on gender identity and expression is banned under Title VII, we still need ENDA so that it is unequivocally clear to employers that discrimination against gay and transgender people is bad business. Today, the Senate H.E.L.P. Committee affirmed that all LGBT workers should be given a fair shot at success.”

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Statement from The White House Press Secretary:

The President welcomes the bipartisan approval of S. 815, The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) of 2013, by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee today.  He thanks Committee Chairman Harkin, Senator Merkley, and Senator Kirk for their leadership on this important issue.  The President has long supported an inclusive ENDA, which would enshrine into law strong, lasting and comprehensive protections against employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.  We look forward to the full Senate’s consideration of ENDA, and continue to urge the House to move forward on this bill that upholds America’s core values of fairness and equality.