March 30, 2011

Transgender Rights Group Hails Reintroduction of Federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act

Bill Would Ban Discrimination Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Employees

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF) applauded the reintroduction today of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in the United States House of Representatives.  The bill would protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees from workplace discrimination.

"In an already difficult economy, transgender Americans face the added threat of being fired or passed over for a job just because of who they are," said TLDEF executive director Michael Silverman.  "We urgently need ENDA in these difficult economic times to make sure that qualified, hardworking transgender Americans can get jobs to support themselves and their families."

ENDA would make it illegal to fire, refuse to hire or refuse to promote an employee based on their gender identity or sexual orientation. Transgender people face tremendous discrimination in the workplace.  47% of transgender people report being fired, or denied a job or promotion, just because of who they are.  Yet only 12 states and Washington, DC currently protect transgender people from employment discrimination.

"Transgender people deserve the same protection from employment discrimination that everyone else receives.  What matters is not who you are, but how well you do your job.  We thank Congressman Barney Frank for his work in introducing this bill," added Silverman.