ADL Hails Senate Vote On Workplace Discrimination Against LGBT Individuals

New York, NY, November 7, 2013 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) hailed today's historic vote by the U.S. Senate on legislation outlawing workplace discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers.

A bipartisan, regionally diverse group of 64 senators united in backing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

Barry Curtiss-Lusher, ADL National Chair, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

This historic vote reflects our nation’s evolving attitude toward LGBT individuals.  We have long believed that employment decisions such as hiring, firing, promotion and compensation should be based on merit, performance, and ability. No one should be dismissed from their job because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Discriminating on the basis of one’s sexual orientation or gender identity is just as offensive and demeaning as any other type of discrimination.

We call on the U.S. House of Representatives to follow suit and take prompt action on ENDA so that we can see this important bill signed into law. This is an issue of fairness. We must ensure that our laws protect against discrimination in the workplace for all individuals.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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