Policy Update

APA works to advance LGBT workplace discrimination legislation

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) passed a crucial committee vote in the Senate on July 10.

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voted on July 10, to send the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) of 2013 (S. 815) to the full Senate for consideration. Leading up to the vote, APA undertook several actions that included: 

  • Submitting a letter of support for the legislation;
  • Circulating a targeted alert to Alaska, North Carolina and Utah residents who are members of the Public Policy Advocacy Network (PPAN), asking them to urge Senators Murkowski, Burr and Hatch, respectively, to vote the bill out of committee and
  • Circulating a PPAN alert, encouraging members to urge their Senators and Representatives to co-sponsor the legislation.
ENDA represents a long-standing priority for APA. The legislation would extend federal employment discrimination protections to sexual orientation and gender identity that are currently provided on the bases of race, religion, gender, national origin and disability.