On November 4, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin delivered remarks on the floor of the United States Senate regarding the upcoming vote to move forward in considering the Employee Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 (ENDA). Baldwin is an original cosponsor of the legislation with Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Tom Harkin (D-IA), and Susan Collins (R-ME).
“Every American deserves the freedom to work free of discrimination,” said Baldwin. “And passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act strengthens this freedom by recognizing the right to be judged based on your skills, talents, loyalty, character, integrity and work ethic.”
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 would prohibit employers from firing, refusing to hire, or discriminating against those employed or seeking employment, on the basis of their perceived or actual sexual orientation or gender identity. Such protections are already in place prohibiting discrimination based on race, religion, gender, national origin, age, and disability.