Tell Senators: END Job Discrimination by Supporting ENDA

Did you know that at in most states, someone can be discriminated against, fired, or not hired simply because he/she is or is perceived to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender?  In fact, there is currently no federal law protecting individuals from job discrimination based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.  However, Senator Jeffrey Merkley (D-OR), Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) are reintroducing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

ENDA is modeled on the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, religion, gender, national origin, and color. ENDA works within the boundaries of the Civil Rights Act to protect a group of people who have been historically and are currently discriminated against. In a nation which prides itself on opportunity, it is deplorable that hardworking Americans would be kept from supporting their families and contributing to the economy because of characteristics that have no bearing on to their ability to do a job. But Congress has the opportunity to remedy this injustice by passing ENDA.

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END Job Discrimination - Support ENDA

Dear [Decision Maker],

I write to urge you to cosponsor the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity; the bill has been reintroduced this Congress by Senator Merkley, Senator Kirk, Senator Harkin, and Senator Collins.

As you may know, there is currently no federal law protecting individuals from job discrimination based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. This means that at any time, someone can be discriminated against, fired or not hired simply because he/she is or is perceived to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.

ENDA is modeled on the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, religion, gender, national origin, and color. ENDA works within the boundaries of the Civil Rights Act to protect a group of people who have been historically and are currently discriminated against. In a nation which prides itself on opportunity, it is deplorable that hardworking Americans would be kept from supporting their families and contributing to the economy because of characteristics that have no bearing on to their ability to do a job. You can help remedy this injustice by cosponsoring ENDA.

I urge you to cosponsor ENDA, because every worker should be judged on his/her merits, not gender or sexuality.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]

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