ABA Urges House Committee Members to Support LGBT Non-Discrimination Legislation

The _ is urging House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor members to support legislation to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees from workplace discrimination.

In a letter sent yesterday to committee Chairman George Miller and Ranking Member Howard P. McKeon, the ABA asked for support of the Employment Non Discrimination Act of 2009 , H.R. 3017, noting that “studies have found that as many as 43 percent of lesbian, gay and bisexual employees experienced discrimination in the workplace.”  The letter also pointed out that in 29 states it is still legal to fire an individual because of his or her sexual orientation, and legal to fire someone on the basis of gender identity in 38 states.

“Whenever any of our basic civil rights are diminished or marginalized unjustifiably on the basis of personal characteristics, all of our basic civil rights are diminished and jeopardized,” noted the letter.

A full copy of the letter, signed by ABA President, Carolyn B. Lamm, is posted at:  http://www.abanet.org/poladv/letters/additional/2009oct05_endah_l.pdf

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