Viernes, 20 de abril, 2012 15:36:59
Dear ENRIQUE ADAR,
People often seem shocked when I tell them you can be fired in 29 states for being gay – 34 states if you're transgender.
Hardworking people are losing their jobs just because of who they are.
Yet one member of Congress, Steve King (R-IA), recently had the gall to suggest a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" style policy where lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people stay closeted at work, so their bosses "won't know who to discriminate against in the first place."
In the face of offensive right-wing rhetoric like this, there are two things we can push for RIGHT NOW to level the playing field: the White House must ensure federal contractors aren't discriminating and the Senate needs to hold hearings on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, without delay.
Tell our leaders in Washington there can be no excuses for inaction on vital workplace protections. Now is the time for a full-fledged federal response.
Armed with the power of the Executive Order, the President can significantly expand the reach of non-discrimination policies by telling all companies that do business with the federal government that they can't discriminate against LGBT employees.
Such an order would bring these companies' policies in line with the best practices of major American businesses, including the top five federal contractors – all defense-related companies.
We also need to break the logjam on Capitol Hill that has left an inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) languishing for years. The bill, which has the support of a supermajority of Americans and the Administration, affirms the basic idea that employees should be judged on hard work and performance, not irrelevant personal characteristics.
While passage of ENDA in this Congress remains an uphill battle, we can move the ball forward through Senate hearings that put a personal face on the hardship workplace discrimination has caused for so many LGBT Americans.
Tell the President and Congress why workplace protections are so important. Personal stories make a difference when we're fighting for change, so please share yours or that of a loved one.
Nothing should matter at work except how you do your job. At HRC, our work with major corporations has shown that non-discrimination policies are good for the bottom line. Now is the time for action.
Thank you for taking action with me,
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