“Protecting the workplace rights of LGBT workers is a moral imperative,” Labor Department Secretary Thomas Perez says. In more than a year and a half, though, his department has remained silent on whether it is taking that action it can to help those workers.
Coming vote will be the first time Senate has voted on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act since 1996. Seven Republicans joined 54 Senate Democrats in the 61-30 vote to prevent any filibuster of the bill.
“President Obama has provided years of underwhelming leadership in the fight against LGBT workplace discrimination,” Tico Almeida of Freedom to Work says. Criticism comes hours before a Monday evening Senate vote to advance the Employment Non-Discrimination Act — and following Obama’s blog post pushing passage of the bill.
An executive order banning contractors from discriminating against LGBT people could be seen as “one party sort of taking action prematurely before the Senate has had a chance to vote,” the head of a new campaign to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act says. A break from other LGBT advocates’ public comments.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney responds: “We understand that.”
“[W]e’ve got to end LGBT discrimination in the places where we work,” Obama told the assembled crowd Thursday. Obama has not acted to end LGBT discrimination by federal contractors, a move he said he would support if elected president.
After a woman heckled Michelle Obama about LGBT job discrimination Tuesday, advocates hope to keep pushing the issue. Here’s what you need to know about the overlapping efforts that aim to bar anti-LGBT job bias.
“We are committed to enacting legislation to protect all Americans. In the meantime, you are in a position to protect millions of American workers immediately,” the senators write. Obama has thus far declined to sign an executive order banning anti-LGBT job discrimination by federal contractors