Friday, July 19, 2013

Employment Non-Discrimination Act passes out of Senate committee

Jackson Lewis LLP
  • USA  
  • July 11 2013
    The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (“HELP”) Committee has approved a bill that would prohibit employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The July 10th, 15-7 vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (“ENDA”) (S. 815), introduced on April 25, 2013, may be an indication of how the measure will fare in the full Senate. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said he expects the Senate to take up S. 815 later this year.
    Prior efforts to pass ENDA have failed; however, in light of the June 26 U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decisions in United States v. Windsor and Hollingsworth, et al. v. Perry, proponents may feel the time is ripe for ENDA. (See our article, U.S. Supreme Court Rules Legally-Married Same-Sex Spouses Entitled to Federal Recognition and Lifts California Ban on Same-Sex Marriages.)

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