Target: Senator Tom Harkin, Chairman of U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions
Goal: Thank Senate committee for opposing LGBT discrimination in the workplace.
Recently, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions approved the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013, a bill prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This measure, if passed by the Senate in a full vote, would add to already existing protections against discrimination based on factors such as race, religion and disability.
This represents a positive step forward in national recognition of civil rights for LGBT Americans. Just before the vote in favor was passed, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, acting on a complaint from advocacy group Freedom to Work, announced it would begin an investigation on ExxonMobil for state-banned workplace discrimination practices. Cases such as this underscore the importance of establishing a federal law banning labor discrimination on the basis of sexuality.
Through signing this petition, you will be thanking the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions for taking an important step in recognizing the right to equality on the job for all Americans.
To Senator Tom Harkin,
I am writing to congratulate the work of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions in approving the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013. This bill, if signed into law, would represent a tremendous step forward for acknowledging civil rights for LGBT Americans on the national level.
As you know, employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is lessening today but still exists in many places due to a lack of protections. For example, the Illinois Department of Human Rights has announced it is investigating ExxonMobil for violating state prohibitions on discrimination against gay applicants. Stories such as this show the need for federal-level intervention.
Thank you for the work your committee has done in helping to ensure equal protection in the workplace for all Americans.
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