Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
The 19-year-old ENDA — Employment Non-Discrimination Act — is heading to Congress yet again, with a Senate vote Monday to outlaw workplace discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
The Obama administration strongly supports the legislation and the Senate is moving forward on the bill (although it appears the House will likely not take it up, blocking it’s passage).
According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, 57 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults believe that equal employment rights should be a “top priority.”
Twenty-one percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults report they have been treated unfairly by an employer because of their sexual orientation or gender identity at some point in their lives. Only 5 percent of LGBT adults polled said that the workplace discrimination occurred within the last year.
LGBT adults were much more likely to report being the subject of slurs or jokes (58 percent) or being rejected by a family member or friend (39 percent). A little under a third said that they had been threatened or physically attacked because of their sexuality.