Target: Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and colleagues
Goal: Thank the senators who voted to end workplace discrimination against LGBT workers
A recent poll revealed that 9 out of 10 Americans believe it’s illegal for employers to discriminate against workers based on their LGBT status. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Until Congress passes a law banning workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, LGBT workers are still at risk for unfair treatment. Thankfully, a group of 15 senators have made progress towards changing this.
A bill to protect LGBT workers from discrimination was recently passed in the Senate HELP (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions) Committee with a 15-7 vote. The 15 senators voting for the law included all of the Democratic senators on the committee and 3 of the 10 Republicans.
This is only the starting point in ensuring that LGBT workers have equal protection from discrimination, but it is a necessary first step towards a full vote in Congress. Please sign the petition below to thank Committee Chairman Tom Harkin and the 14 other senators who stood up for equality and voted to end discrimination against LGBT workers.
Dear Sen. Tom Harkin and colleagues,
Recent polling has clearly shown that Americans are increasingly supportive of LGBT rights, and the current administration has come far in protecting the equality of LGBT citizens in recent years. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is over, protection from hate crimes has been strengthened, and the Defense of Marriage Act has been struck down. Unfortunately though, there is one area where LGBT rights haven’t advanced as quickly: workplace discrimination.
This is why you and the other 14 members of the Senate HELP Committee who voted to change this deserve recognition and gratitude. If we are to live up to our promise of liberty and justice for all, it is necessary to ensure that all workers are protected from unfair treatment and discrimination in the workplace. It is brave senators like yourself that help us to move closer to that goal.
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